One of the rewards for October's atmospheric river deluge is a healthy crop of wild mushrooms. A friend foraged bolete/porcini mushrooms on the Sonoma Coast the size of his head last week. And prices are more reasonable for wild mushrooms than we've seen in years.
Following up on a tip from a friend, yesterday I called Far West Fungi's warehouse in South San Francisco to try to order two pounds of fresh chanterelles for pick-up. At 1:30pm I was quoted a price of $18 per pound over the phone. I was asked for my name and phone number to become a new customer. At 3pm, I was at the warehouse to retrieve my order and was invoiced $32 or $16 per pound. That box in the photo is what two pounds looks like. I paid by credit card.
For comparison, I've paid $25 to $40 per pound for fresh chanterelles at specialty grocers over the past decade or so. Calling FWF's own San Francisco store, the current price is $28 per pound.
My friend had paid $14 per pound a couple weeks ago and also bought matsutake for $28 per pound from the warehouse. Matsutake were available yesterday, but I decided to wait for another time and did not ask the current price.
The staffer helping me said that phone orders can also be picked up at the retail stores in San Francisco (Ferry Building) and Santa Cruz, as well as its booth at many farmers markets, listed in this link https://farwestfungi.com/pages/our-fa... . Farmers market sites stretch from San Francisco to Campbell.
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