About Us

- Cultivating Truffles in Virginia -

Virginia Truffles, LLC

Virginia Truffles, LLC is owned and operated by John and Pat Martin. 


We started the business in 2007 and it has grown and changed a lot since then.

We were not farmers by education or experience but have learned a lot in the intervening years.  What an adventure!

We are assisted in our work by Olivia Taylor; experienced farmer, horticulturalist, animal handler and so much more!

We continue to expand our knowledge and skill about growing T. melanosporum in the US from the inoculated oak seedling to harvest of the truffle through academic as well as experiential means. 


We have achieved a grounding in Trufficulture through coursework from La Station trufficole de Cahors-Le Montat in France as well as from the Forest Sciences Centre of Cataloinia (Solsana, Spain), and the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center (Lleida, Spain).  


We have also been fortunate to form relationships with growers and researchers in Spain, France, Canada, the US and Western Australia from whom we've learned much.


We manage our own truffiere. Harvest and market experience has been gained 'hands-on' in France with experienced growers.