Chanterelle buyers?

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Chanterelle buyers?

Postby aartod on Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:23 pm

Hello, I am new to this forum and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of where or how to sell Chanterelle mushrooms in the salem area? I have been picking them for a number of years now for personal use but now due to the economy and whatnot would like to try to sell them if possible. I can collect small or large quantites depending on what someone would want... If anyone knows of a buyer in the salem/santiam canyon area please let me know! By the way, I have never sold them before, so what is a fair price? I have seen them at the grocery store for just around $10 a pound.. but they always look so terrible and old! I am not looking to get rich off selling them, just a little extra income to help get by... Thank you for any information!
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Re: Chanterelle buyers?

Postby chickenofthewoods on Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:21 pm

Hey there,

Sorry I didn't notice your post before, or I would have come in and responded...

Firstly, I do not know anything about buyers near Salem. I can try to find out here soon, from a friend who might know.

Secondly, you have to decide who you are selling to, and you have to know where they are available and for how much... here in Eugene I have to keep up with the local distributors prices, and I have to keep my standards for quality high... I do resist the urge to drop below $5/lb for chanterelles... I sell directly to chefs, so I'm actually a little higher than what they can get them for, but the cleanliness and quality make up for it. If you see them for $10, they were probably $5 to them, wholesale. Which means the picker probably got no more than a dollar a pound. Buyers - and the industry in general - are not really there to help you make money...

I'd say go visit all of the chefs you can with product. Be sure to have presentable mushrooms at a good price. I've been selling chanties at $5/lb since about September 15th. This year was the best year for chanties in the ten years I've been in Oregon, so I struggled to keep my price at $5. The holidays make a difference. Quality and quantity make a difference. the whole thing is very complex.

Good luck out there.

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Re: Chanterelle buyers?

Postby sailingmushroom on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:57 am

I am interested in if you are still planning on picking mushrooms this season. If so I might be able to help you I am going to be opening up a mushroom buying station this year in salem and I am looking for a couple of good mushroom pickers to join the team. I am also a mushroom picker so I understand the frustration sometimes so I am going to try and be a fair as possible when buying. I dont need to make all the money on one deal so trying to make sure the pickers are happy and my customers are happy. Please let me know. thank you
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