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Where can I buy farm fresh mushrooms and truffles in San Diego?

barbian7 Apr 30, 2010 06:23 PM

I'm looking for a farm or specialty store that sells fresh (not dried) quality porcini, morel and chanterelle mushrooms. And also a source for fresh (not dried) truffles.

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  1. SDGourmand RE: barbian7 Apr 30, 2010 10:16 PM

    specialty produce. The porcini's aren't in season yet, but they do have fresh morels and chanterelles. They also carry truffles but don't know if they have them in stock.


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      barbian7 RE: SDGourmand May 1, 2010 07:14 PM

      Thank you. I've never been there--will have to check it out. What about farms? I hear good things about Chino Farms, but I haven't been there yet

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        SDGourmand RE: barbian7 May 1, 2010 09:37 PM

        Chino is great but expensive. It's worth a trip to try it but you'd go broke shopping there all the time.

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          foodiechick RE: SDGourmand May 11, 2010 02:26 PM

          True about the expense of Chino, but I'm also pretty sure that they do not grow specialty mushrooms. Specialty Produce is the way to go. Call ahead to let them know when you will be coming in.

          Specialty Produce
          1929 Hancock St, San Diego, CA

    2. SDGourmand RE: barbian7 May 1, 2010 09:38 AM

      The chanterelles are around $22 per lb and the morels I believe are around $16. It's great because you can pick them yourself just bring a jacket because you are in a big refrigerator. You can always check what the have in stock on there website. They update constantly.

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        Captain Jack RE: SDGourmand May 1, 2010 10:25 AM

        This place looks like a gem. Where is it? Their website does not make that apparent.

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          Ewilensky RE: Captain Jack May 1, 2010 11:14 AM

          Hancock and Noell, just west of the 5. Between Old Town and Little Italy. Nearish to Starlite. A pre-shopping Moscow Mule.Now that's good thinking.

          3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. re: Ewilensky
            barbian7 RE: Ewilensky May 1, 2010 09:47 PM

            I'll take farm fresh over Costco any day!

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        cubano RE: barbian7 May 1, 2010 08:17 PM

        You'll find fresh chanterelles at the Mission Valley Costco around October. It's a long wait, but they were only $9.99 a pound for the past two years.

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          SDGourmand RE: cubano May 2, 2010 08:26 AM

          They have them at the carlsbad costco as well. It's a seasonal thing usually from october till about christmas. But they are so wet and release so much water when cooking that the shrink down to nothing. They are a lot better quality at Specialty. I wouldn't use costco again after using them fresh, plus I can pick which I want. I'm never a fan of pre packaged mushrooms anyway

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          normalheightsfoodie RE: barbian7 May 11, 2010 02:21 PM

          There is a mushroom vender at the Hillcrest Farmers Market. They are located in the middle, nest to where the music is played.

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            smile81 RE: normalheightsfoodie May 11, 2010 05:32 PM

            go ahead and ask the mushroom vendor for morels- I got a blank stare and a "hmm, never heard of morels"

          2. honkman RE: barbian7 May 11, 2010 06:33 PM

            I don't know if they sell to the public but Wholefoods (LJ) often sells King Trumpet Mushrooms and other mushrooms from Golden Gourmet Mushrooms which are located in San Marcos:


            1. SDGourmand RE: barbian7 May 30, 2010 04:38 PM

              Picked these up the other day at Specialty Produce Porcini, Chanterelles, and Blazei. The Blazei are amazing taste just like almond extract. Great surprising flavor. Chanterelles are still my favorite though.

              Specialty Produce
              1929 Hancock St, San Diego, CA

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