Well, it’s been a couple years….

I will be the first to admit that I’m not good at building websites. I had a lot of help from my sister to get this site established (thank you Nisreen!) but still can’t seem to make it match my vision. Plus, the day to day operations of running a mushroom farm, fulfilling orders, selling at 3 farmers’ markets each week and homeschooling an 8 year old does not leave much time for computer work. OK, excuses aside, I’ll keep trying to update this site with all the exciting, and sometimes scary, things happening in our world. These posts will be out of chronological order- but the info will be there.

Currently we are cultivating 4 varieties of oyster mushrooms! Pink oysters (Pleurotus salmoneostramineus), Golden oysters (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) White oysters (Pleurotus ostreatus variety Elm A.) and our main crop: Gray oysters (Pleurotus ostreatus).

Here’s a photo taken this last week just outside our mushroom house.

In addition to the oysters we are growing wine caps, also known as garden giants or king stropharia. These mushrooms are grown outdoors oin beds of inoculated woodchips. They are super tasty and firm and add a nice variety to our offerings. The flavor is very different from oysters..sweet and earthy with a taste of potatoes, weird, right!? But totally delicious 🙂

We grew a pink mushroom!

Pleurotus salmoneostramineus. It’s a tropical species of oyster mushroom that fruits pink. It’s beautiful and the caps even look like flower petals. When I cooked it up it lost some of its color- turning a pale pinkish orange. It reminded me of the first time I saw purple green beans at the farmers’ market. I was so excited to serve them to my friends! But alas, as they cooked the purple disappeared into regular green. I will say that the pink oyster is not as flavorful as the grey oysters we have been growing, but the novelty of the color is exciting.