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May 18, 2011 07:50 AM

Morel Mushrooms

Looking for a reliable place to buy morels this spring. Whole Foods has been hit or miss. Any suggestions?

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  1. This time of year you can find them at just about every farmer's market, but I know Mill City for certain...

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    1. re: Foureyes137

      The Wedge tweeted a few days ago that they had some, don't know if they still do or not.

      Wedge Community Co-Op
      2105 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

      1. re: Foureyes137

        I was at Mill City Market a little after 10:00. They were sold out, and it was a slow market day due to the bad weather. They told me they were selling them at $48 a pound.


        Mill City Cafe
        2205 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

        1. re: rp1760

          This I why we get there early, it's a seller's market.

          That price is quite reasonable for fresh morels. I recall them being $60+ @ coops last year.

          1. re: Foureyes137

            I lol'd at $48. Try CraigsList. has people selling too, I saw someone asking $15 / lb in Mankato.

            They are free if you enjoy the outdoors.

            1. re: semanticantics

              Yeah, I'm not buying a mushroom that has a toxic "false" version off craigslist.

              At least my estate will know whom to sue if I choke on one from The Wedge.

              Plus, I work in a restaurant that buys them in quantities that make buying them equivalent to about the price you note. I realize not everyone has this luxury.

              1. re: Foureyes137

                A false morel actually looks nothing like a real one, especially after sliced in two. It's one of the least look-a-like look-a-like's. CL is a viable to option to someone who can ID their own.

                1. re: semanticantics

                  "May I slice all these in twain before I buy them?"

                  There is more than one "false morel" and this isn't really worth arguing about.

                  I would never advise someone to buy a consumable on craigslist, end of story.

                  1. re: semanticantics

                    My research supports semantic...'s info as well.

                    Of course, it's not a bad idea to keep in mind that all mushrooms are edible. Once.

                    1. re: semanticantics

                      Yeah, there is way too much concern over the supposed "false" morel. Just google it and you will see that it does not look like a morel at all. Moreover, if you ever actually see one, cut it in half, it is not hollow like a morel, it has a completely different structure.

                      1. re: galewskj

                        Again, there are more than one. Second, who is going to let you cut apart their product before you buy it?

                        1. re: Foureyes137

                          There are False Morels, Verpas, and Half Free Morels. False look almost nothing like real, if you know what a morel is, don't eat one that isn't. Easy enough. Verpas and Half Frees are similar, and this is probably where most people get tripped up. Solution: Don't eat them either. True morels are easy to ID, without the need to cut them. I mentioned cutting them with the idea of someone buying a decent amount of them, getting them home, and possibly stumbling on a non-morel of some kind while preparing them.

                          o what you like, or think what you like, but CriagsList is a viable option. Unfortunately, the season in MN looks to be over, and from most accounts, was a poor one.

              2. re: rp1760

                Morels are tasty enough for a mushroom, but the price is over-rated, IMO, and due to the same kind of hype and mythology that surrounds walleye.

                I'd love to find a source of maitake, though, that is as good as I could buy when I lived in Japan.

                1. re: Enso

                  I don't know how they'll compare to the ones in Japan, but when I find some maitake in the woods, I'll post here.

                  Last weekend I found 1 lb. of morels (my first find), one weighed a 1/4 lb. on it's own! No trouble ID'ing them. The ones that are somewhat hard to ID are Verpas vs. Half Free Morels, neither of which I have found on my own yet.

                  I also find the taste overrated. They are good, but the hype and price is just due to their short season and the fact they haven't been cultivated widely yet. I think maitake (hen of the woods around these parts) are just as good.

            2. Bob's Produce Ranch in Fridley usually has them. I called about them last week and they said they expected some soon. I haven't checked back yet this week.

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              1. re: Diana_mn

                I was at Bob's Produce Ranch yesterday and saw them there. I can't remember how much they were, even though I looked specifically for this board!

                1. I just bought some at the Mississippi Market.

                  Mississippi Market Food Co-Op
                  1810 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

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                  1. re: BigSal

                    I checked for morels last Saturday at Mississippi Market and the ones in the produce section were from Oregon. Were you able to pick up any local ones?

                  2. I saw some this morning at a stand on the SE corner of Nicollet and 6th St, in the downtown Minneapolis Farmer's Market this morning. But they didn't have very many.