Some of my very first Oyster mushrooms. They've come a long way!

Some of my very first Oyster mushrooms. They've come a long way!

    It has only been about a month that my newest grow-area has been fruiting mushrooms. I am currently growing Oyster, Lion's Mane, and Trumpet mushrooms. It has been a fun transition going from a dozen or so kits a week, to over 100lbs of fresh mushrooms a week! It has been the best experience following through with this idea, and nothing has ever felt as rewarding as harvesting my first mushrooms. If I can make my mushroom farm succeed, I will never work a day in my life!

    I have been cultivating mushrooms as a hobby since 2009. My first grows involved pitifully small mushrooms and all kinds of crazy contaminants. I like to think I've come a long way since then. In late 2015, as I began attending the Forsyth Farmer's Market in Savannah, I started producing mushroom grow kits for sale. The kits started as a variety of species, and were eventually narrowed down to a few select Oyster varieties. The kits went fairly well, but did not leave me with many mushrooms of my own! 

   My lovely wife-to-be holding some of the more recent Oyster kits. They can get huge!

My lovely wife-to-be holding some of the more recent Oyster kits. They can get huge!

       My grow-room/spaceship. It stays 65 degrees Fahrenheit with 90-95% humidity. The bags, or blocks, are supplemented wood chips inoculated with fungi.

    My grow-room/spaceship. It stays 65 degrees Fahrenheit with 90-95% humidity. The bags, or blocks, are supplemented wood chips inoculated with fungi.

       Here are some Oysters and Lion's Mane growing.     Oyster mushrooms produce an insane amount of spores. One mushroom can release 100's of 1000's of spores in just a few hours! Because of the amount of spores contained in the hoop house, it's necessary to wear a well filtered mask whenever you go in. These were just a few hours away from harvest. 

    Here are some Oysters and Lion's Mane growing. Oyster mushrooms produce an insane amount of spores. One mushroom can release 100's of 1000's of spores in just a few hours! Because of the amount of spores contained in the hoop house, it's necessary to wear a well filtered mask whenever you go in. These were just a few hours away from harvest. 

       Harvesting some beautiful clusters of Oysters! Wearing gloves is a good way to keep things clean so that the blocks will continue to produce.

    Harvesting some beautiful clusters of Oysters! Wearing gloves is a good way to keep things clean so that the blocks will continue to produce.

       Lion's Mane is a beautiful mushroom. It has been cultivated as a choice edible for many years, and more recently has been explored for it's amazing medicinal qualities. Johns Hopkins University recently found a direct relation between this mushroom and cognitive brain function in rats, as well as reduced neurotoxicity and stimulated nerve growth in their brains. This is a very promising lead in fighting diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and traumatic brain injuries. I am very excited that this mushroom has been performing so well. It is hearty, healthy, and delicious! 

    Lion's Mane is a beautiful mushroom. It has been cultivated as a choice edible for many years, and more recently has been explored for it's amazing medicinal qualities. Johns Hopkins University recently found a direct relation between this mushroom and cognitive brain function in rats, as well as reduced neurotoxicity and stimulated nerve growth in their brains. This is a very promising lead in fighting diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and traumatic brain injuries. I am very excited that this mushroom has been performing so well. It is hearty, healthy, and delicious! 

      This cluster of King Trumpets is probably over half a pound. These mushrooms have some of the meatiest flesh in the Kingdom Fungi. They can be sliced and fried into chips, diced into hashbrowns, fried into fries, grilled into steaks, and even pickled. Also known as King Oysters, these belong to the same genus of fungi as Oyster mushrooms. I've already harvested a few Kings that touched a half pound all on their own!  

   This cluster of King Trumpets is probably over half a pound. These mushrooms have some of the meatiest flesh in the Kingdom Fungi. They can be sliced and fried into chips, diced into hashbrowns, fried into fries, grilled into steaks, and even pickled. Also known as King Oysters, these belong to the same genus of fungi as Oyster mushrooms. I've already harvested a few Kings that touched a half pound all on their own!  

       Bushy bundles of fresh Lion's Mane not far from harvest. They have a tendency to start fruiting before the block is even exposed to air. They are so fun to harvest! A few of my Lion's Mane are carefully juggled for a few seconds before packaging!

    Bushy bundles of fresh Lion's Mane not far from harvest. They have a tendency to start fruiting before the block is even exposed to air. They are so fun to harvest! A few of my Lion's Mane are carefully juggled for a few seconds before packaging!