Birthday dinners were a huge tradition in my family growing up, and it's something that I've held on to. I've made a personal tradition of celebrating my brother's birthday with him, with either me or my husband cooking him a special meal. Ben's birthday was the other day, so I invited him to come spend some time with me, and asked what he'd like to eat.

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It's been a little bit since our blog has been active. That is about to change. New content is on the way, and we are going to be posting on the regular again! We will also be upgrading the site store and offering far more in terms of cultures, spawn, and supplies in order to help you with your growing needs. With this in mind, here is a picture of The Great Wall of Mushrooms to hold you over and help get you pumped!

 Already halfway through the harvest with plenty more to go!

Already halfway through the harvest with plenty more to go!

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Much like penicillin, the idea for creating custom "weapon" mushrooms to fight illnesses came about on accident. A Tradd Cotter mushroom farmer and researcher in Greenville, SC returned after a vacation to discover two different strains of fungi warring with each other in a petri dish he had thrown out. After taking a closer look, he realized that there were droplets on the invading species, but none on the original. These droplets were metabolites, a mixture the mushrooms create to fight off dangerous microbes. 

One of our goals is to increase awareness of the many ways mushrooms can benefit the world, thus bringing them back into mainstream culture, in more than just culinary arts. A good way to spread awareness of the magnificent mushroom is having numerous people growing them and educating others. 

Death is often a taboo subject, but it's one that needs to be discussed. It's inevitable that we all will die at one point. Have you given any thought to what will happen to your body when you're no longer alive? I have, for many years, actually. I recently found out about something called an Infinity Suit, which is a suit with mushroom spores infused into it. When someone dies they can be put into the suit and buried in it. As the mushrooms grow the decomposing body will feed them. Sound kinda creepy? Maybe, but here are three big reasons you should consider one. 

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In the summer of 2012, an incredible mushroom was found in Sevierville, TN. An old persimmon tree had been cut down and paved over, and rising from that stump, punching straight through the pavement, even, was a massive reishi mushroom. Called Ling Zhi in Chinese, “the mushroom of immortality,” reishi has a long history as a medicinal mushroom. Andrew was approached by Hugh Brewer, of Brewer’s Mushrooms, with a sample of this amazing mushroom, and it was agreed that Andrew would clone it for Hugh, and both would keep a copy of the culture to use.

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With mushroom foraging coming more into season we've been talking about education being a good thing before eating mushrooms. I'm sure many of you know at least some of the poisonous mushrooms to avoid, so let's play a game. I'm going to post a series of pictures. You try to guess if they're poisonous or not, then click on the picture to open the link and see if you're right. Ready?

Not too long ago, I wrote about wet weather causing Sulphur Tufts to grow all over and raising a health concern. Now, with El Niño causing heavy rains in California, Death Cap mushrooms are popping up. These mushrooms are highly poisonous; so it is important to be cautious, but as always, I believe education can go a long way, so here's an easy how to identify Death Cap. 

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