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Mushroom Dude Abides

Next time you're enjoying a fresh shiitake at your favorite Hamptons eatery, you can thank David Falkowski, aka "Mushroom Dave." With his Open Minded Organics, he's become a bit of a local celebrity, even getting some face time on Ina Garten's "Barefoot Contessa." Dave got his start by "knocking on backdoors in restaurants and showing chefs" his product. While a guy knocking on backdoors with a bag of shrooms sounds a little suspicious, there's no funny business going on here. His farm, which produces about 300 pounds of shrooms a week, delivers the fresh fungi to markets and restaurants throughout the East End. [Serious Eats]