Friday, April 15, 2011

A Mushroom Farmer with Integrity

In preparation for Jake's birthday dinner, A Fungi Feast for My Fun Guy, I began a search for a local mushroom vendor. Jenn pointed me in the direction of Far West Fungi; they sell at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, but their farm is right here in Moss Landing. So I picked up the boys from school this afternoon and we headed up the coast for a family field trip.

But when the farmer found out that my dinner wasn't for a week, he refused to sell the mushrooms to me. He warned that you have to treat mushrooms as you treat raw fish: they need to be eaten within a day or two. Gotta respect that.

So, I'll be heading up there again when we get closer to the dinner. Can't wait to cook with some freshly-harvested canary oyster mushrooms, shitakes, blue oysters, bear's head, and king oysters! Straight from the growing logs to my table all in one day.

After he flat out refused to sell me the mushrooms, Aaron offered to give us a tour. So we wandered through the shitake stacks, looking at the fungi-covered logs that had been harvested this morning. Dylan loved the overhead sprinklers and Riley asked some astute questions. Even though I left empty-handed, I'd call the trip a success.

2 comments:

  1. No way! They're in Watsonville? That's incredible! Sounds like an amazing place, and it's so cool that they gave you a tour! I can't wait to see what you cook up after your next visit!

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  2. @Jenn, closer than Watsonville...Moss Landing! I'll be back up there on Friday. I'll post photos and recipes on Saturday!

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