Mushroom crop good, but buyers nervous

  • Sep. 8, 2004 6:00 p.m.

The chanterelle mushroom market was soft over Labour Day, but Port Clements buyer Judy Hadley said this year’s crop looks good and she’s hoping prices will go up.
However, the mushroom market can fluctuate wildly and it is very difficult to make predictions, Ms Hadley said. Prices can change from hour to hour.
The Labour Day weekend is traditionally slow, because restaurants don’t usually start selling high-end fare like chanterelles until kids return to school, Ms Hadley said.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, a lot of buyers are really nervous,” she said. “It’s a guessing game every year. It costs so darn much to get mushrooms to market from here.”
Chanterelles picked here end up all across North America and Europe, she said. This year, it looks like there are lots of mushrooms from Washington and Oregon filling the US market. Europeans prize mushrooms from the islands for their quality, but the cost of shipping is always a hurdle, she said.
The summer’s dry weather followed by the recent rains mean the mushrooms should be particularly plentiful this year, Ms Hadley said.