This is just a small sample of the variety of beautiful mushrooms that exist. There are millions of different strains all over the world, each with its own uniqueness. Limiting our view of mushrooms to the few that don't capture the imagination is really shortchanging the world of the truly amazing benefits that mushrooms bring. Not just to humankind, but to the world as a whole.
Starting and running a business is likely one of the oldest forms of adventure, and possibly one of the most fulfilling. Every adventurer hits mishap along the way, but there’s often a wizened wizard to help the hero along. Andrew offers his advice to novices and experts alike through consulting, aiding them in avoiding the pitfalls he himself has experienced.
After spending more time indoors, being out in the sun is a relief many people take advantage of. What better way to show your appreciation of Spring than by working in a garden? When beginning work on a garden, it’s important to have soil that is full of nutrients. I’ve covered the benefits of growing mushrooms before, of course, but what do you do once your mini farm is done producing? Do you just throw it away? I imagine you could, but there is a better option: add it to your compost. Compost is a great way to boost your soil, and spent mushroom grow bags are a great addition to your compost pile.
I get a lot of questions about where people should begin when starting to grow mushrooms, in particular when people want to start a mushroom farm. My advice is to work backwards. A lot of people want to start in the lab, and I agree that is a sexy skillset to have but it’s not the skillset with the most immediate return. It’s important in beginnings to have lots of early successes, this isn’t easy to do when you are first starting with lab work.
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.
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”
– Calvin Coolidge
Connections are the heart of life. Here at Mossy Creek Mushrooms, we’ve had a great time building relationships with business owners, growers, restaurants, and people we’ve met, however, we feel it’s time to branch out and build up a larger colony of connections around our passion for mushrooms. We’ll start with building up communications, and interacting on social media more.
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!
Growth, in people and businesses, brings changes. In many ways, changes can also bring growth. With that in mind, we have many upcoming changes.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers might have discovered the beginning of a solution in mushrooms that eat plastic waste, and don't seem to absorb any of the dangerous chemicals. While this is just in the prototype stage, the research can open the doors to discovering more potential solutions. If this is able to progress we could get rid of a hazardous product while producing a necessary one; food.
We started out growing on straw, but for several reasons Andrew dubbed it "Satan's substrate". This is because the Satanic straw makes a huge mess when being processed, so it had to be done outside, making weather a common problem and causing a lot of delays. The chipper didn't like to function properly a lot of days, slowing down our already slow process. The worst thing; however, about the devilish stuff, was the fact that it made Andrew really sick. We're not sure if it was mold spores, the dust, a combination of the two, or something else entirely.
We shipped out several grow bags of both Chicken of the Woods and Maitake (also known as hen of the woods) to our contract growers. They will try different methods on the bags and see if they can duplicate our success. If all goes well, you could be seeing Chicken of the Woods on our menu in the semi near future.