Shroomin' 'Round St. Louis
There appears to be a quiet subculture of St. Louisans who are really into hunting for these things. Check out the Missouri message board at Morels.com.
John Davis, a.k.a., The Mushroom Man, told Daily RFT that he's been buying from private citizen pickers at about $15 a pound. "All the top restaurants are trying to carry Morels right now," he says.
According to the message board (and inside sources), shroom-hunters have had some luck down in the Meremac River bottoms, at Queeny Park and at the Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles County.
Davis says the season will only last for another two weeks or so. Pick 'em now before they're gone.