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      Laura Carvery
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      I am just starting out and want to be able to, eventually, grow black winter truffles for a small local market. I don’t want to purchase pre-inoculated trees as I would prefer to complete the entire process myself, from seed to tree and from truffle spore to truffle. Are there any recommendations for reputable fresh black winter truffle suppliers that ship to/within Canada?  Thank you for any feedback.

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      Fabrice Caporal
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      In my humble opinion you can probably purchase truffles from any distributor as long as you make sure that they are ripe and of the right species. Once you receive your truffles, smell and color should tell you about the ripeness.  Then you should take a piece of each truffle and have it DNA tested as well as spore checked by a speciality lab to confirm the species, especially if you are planning to work with black truffles.

      For the lab I have been working with Inga Meadows of North Carolina State University, but there are other labs able to do this work.

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      Laura Carvery
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      Thank you, I will definitely get them tested.

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      Michael Zablocki
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      Hey Laura, I agree with Fabrice. I am not sure where in Canada you are located, but it seems that the most supply of Canadian grown black truffles occurs on the West coast in BC. You could reach out to some of the truffieres there since you have a good idea they would be fresh. I cannot recommend anyone in particular though.

      I am also in Canada (southern Ontario) with a similar goal to yours. Please keep the membership aware of your progress towards your goal of establishing a truffiere and I will do the same. From my experience, there is a general unwillingness to share ideas amongst many truffle farmers, which I think hurts everyone. Trying to get a foot into truffle farming can sometimes feel like a lonely experience, especially when you sit down with a banker that thinks the idea of truffles is insane!

      Good luck with everything!

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