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Shiitakes Galore! Green Heron Brings their Tasty Fungi to the Williamsville Farmers Market

In Cooking Fresh, From the Land on September 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

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I’m excited about having just received word Green Heron Growers harvested over 30lbs of shiitake mushrooms from their farm and will be bringing them to the Farmers Market at the Williamsville Mill this weekend! The price is $40/3lbs.  Why this may sound like a lot of mushrooms, the beauty of shiitakes (aside from their yummy, smoky flavor) is that they freeze well.  So I recommend buying them in large quantities so you have them throughout the year.

Below is a great Shiitake pate recipe that Julie Rockcastle, owner of Green Heron Growers, shared with me, which is also published in our summer issue.  This also freezes well if you want to make it in advance for a party or to have on hand as a yummy snack.

Shiitake Hazelnut Pate

4 oz. Shiitake Mushrooms
3 tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts
3 oz. Neufchatel cheese
1/8 tsp. thyme
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. dry sherry
1 tsp. fresh parsley leaves

Trim and discard woody ends from the mushroom stems.  In a food processor, finely chop mushroom caps and stems.  In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the mushrooms and garlic, sauté for 5 minutes.  Stir in thyme, pepper and salt.  In a food processor, chop parsley.  Add the hazelnuts and process.  Add Neufchatel cheese and process until smooth.  Add sherry and mushroom mixture.  Process until well mixed.  Spread or mold in a serving dish.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  Serve with crackers.  Yield 1 cup.

As certified organic growers, Green Heron also sells processed whole organic chickens, eggs and a variety of vegetables.  Check them out at the market and tell them edible Buffalo sent you!

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