Fungus Fair 2020 - Fair Vendors

While you're at the Fair, don't forget to pay a visit to our vendors. You'll find a phenomenal assortment of food, books, fresh and dried wild mushrooms, growing kits, artwork, mushroom-dyed silks, jewelry and more. Vendors are located throughout the venue:

 

Vendors

Auditorium

Bob & Doreen's

Mister Bomboloni

The Penny Ice Creamery

 

Room 4

Far West Fungi (Fungus Fair Sponsor)

Friendly Fungus Photography

Healing Light Energy

MacLean Custom Screen Printing

Mayumix Botanical Design

Mushroom Dyed Yarns by Candy Wozniak

 

 

Room 5

Ancient Hands Tiles

FFSC Stores - Fair Tee Shirts, books, posters, etc

Catherine Gunderson

Friendly Fungus Photography

King of Mushrooms and CA Truffle Orchards

Mushroom Adventures

 

 

Select Vendors

FFSC Store


Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz sales area. photo by Hugh Smith

The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz sells books, teeshirts and other mushroom related items to raise money for scholarships and educational programs.

Club members staffing the booth can help you find the latest posters, field guides, cookbooks, and children's books. You can also purchase the new Fungus Fair tee shirt, which often sells out very quickly!

Please stop by and support the FFSC. Thanks to Andrea Wilson who organizes this booth.

Far West Fungi


Far West Fungi is a family-run farm certified organic by CCOF. John and Toby Garrone with the help of their four boys have been bringing cultivated exotic mushrooms to local farmers’ markets for 23 years. In 2004 the Garrones opened a mushroom shop in the Ferry Building Market Place. In 2019 they opened a new store in downtown Santa Cruz. This new shop is located at 224 Laurel Street, just around the corner from the Louden Nelson Center This is a seven-day a week shop featuring cultivated mushrooms, fresh and dried wild mushrooms, and fresh truffles and truffle products.

The Far West Fungi farm is located in Moss Landing situated on a bluff above the Pajaro River overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The cool ocean breeze contributes to the Garrone’s ability to grow mushrooms all year round. Though John is always experimenting with different mushroom varieties, they mainly grow Shiitake, Tree Oyster, King Trumpets, Lions Mane, Maitake and Reishi. These varieties are cultivated on pure natural hardwood sawdust enriched with organic rice bran nutrients.

Far West Fungi is a major sponsor of the Fungus Fair.

King of Mushrooms/Todd Spanier


Todd Spanier, King of Mushrooms, loves nothing more than to seek out morels, porcini, huckleberries, you name it — as long as it's wild. His business,  run from his grandfather's Colma warehouse, is to gather wild foods and get them into markets and restaurants.

His white chef's coat is embossed with "Purveyor of Wild Edibles," and his morels wind up on tables at Oliveto and Chez Panisse. Burlingame's Ecco was his first mushroom customer, when he was just 16. His "King of Mushrooms" nickname started as a family joke, the title bestowed on whoever found the biggest mushroom that day. For his business, Spanier taps into a network of 3,000 pickers who follow the mushroom seasons from Southern California to Alaska.

Mushroom Adventures

Mushroom Adventures was started in 1996 in San Francisco in a basement garage. Founder Donald Simoni had been growing mushrooms for over five years when he needed more equipment: a pressure cooker that cost over $400.00. This seemed a lot of money at the time to spend on a hobby, so Don made a few mushroom kits to sell at the local mushroom fair. This went very well and Don earned half the money for the pressure cooker. Shortly after the San Francisco fair another mushroom fair in Santa Cruz was coming up so Don attended and sold more mushroom kits and his business began.

By 1998, the first mushroom kit boxes were printed. In 1999 he began wholesaling his first mushroom kits. In 2000 we out grew our basement operation and moved the production portion of our operation to Petaluma, California. There we had more room and we were closer to our raw materials.

The product line has increased by adding new mushroom kits and removing some that proved difficult to maintain. Don has been going through growing pains as the company sales have increased which has continuously forced him to find better ways to handle higher volume and to make a better product. Mushroom Adventures moved to Marysville in 2006.

 

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