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

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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. 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.

    www.specialtyproduce.com

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    1. re: SDGourmand

      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

      1. re: barbian7

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

        1. re: SDGourmand

          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.

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          Specialty Produce
          1929 Hancock St, San Diego, CA

    2. 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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      1. re: SDGourmand

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

        1. re: Captain Jack

          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.

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          Starlite
          3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. re: Ewilensky

            I'll take farm fresh over Costco any day!

      2. 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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        1. re: cubano

          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

        2. 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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          1. re: normalheightsfoodie

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

          2. 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:

            http://www.goldengourmetmushrooms.com/

            1. 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.

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              Specialty Produce
              1929 Hancock St, San Diego, CA