I bought a $7 bag of Shitakes at the farmer's market. The lady said they were grown "right here in Polk county" and I worried for a moment that they were foraged. Asked her if she grew them and she said yes, on a log.
But now, I have this creepy feeling. They don't look like the shitakes I buy in the store. They DO have the curled foot, but the cap is perfectly smooth and round like a button mushroom, it doesn't have that wavy effect that ends in a slender edge.
The lady I bought them from seemed kinda "out there" and so I've just about convinced myself to close my eyes and pitch these. My husband had emergency surgery for a common bile duct blockage last week, and was in the early stages of liver failure for a while....so I have a particular desire not to poison him right now.
What would you do? $7 is no big deal to pitch for peace of mind. But they do look extremely pretty and fresh...assuming they aren't poisonous ;-)