Don’t delay! The clock is ticking…

Hey everyone!

What a gorgeous day! Birds are cheepin’, the sun is shinin’, and we’re getting ever-closer to seeing spring mushrooms.

For those of you who’re hemming and hawing about joining our Community of ‘Spore’ters, you’ve only got 3 — that’s right count ’em — THREE days left to sign up and secure your sweet, sweet perks**. Including your very own Grow-Your-Own Shiitake log!

Wondering what we mean by ‘bigger and better than ever’? Check out this nice stack of locally-harvested maple logs — they’re 4-footers now, but when you’re ready to take one home, it’ll be cut down to a more manageable (and still quite hefty) 2-foot length. With so much wood available to the Shiitake mycelium, you can expect these logs to produce more mushrooms each flush, and last for several cycles!

So if you’re like us, and you want to experience the joys of cultivating your own log-grown, super healthful Shiitake mushrooms (not to mention saving money all summer long at the market, and getting to come out for a Walk on the Wild Side this autumn!) get on board before the train leaves the station on Monday (April 30) at Midnight!

[And if you’re not like us, and the idea of taking care of a Shiitake log isn’t your gig, don’t forget that our ‘Spore’ters have the option of swapping the GYO Mushroom log for a second ‘Walk on the Wild Side‘ or our ‘Save the Shipping’ option!]

To those of you who’ve already claimed your place, thanks so much! You’re helping make more nutritious, beneficial mushrooms available to the people in our shared community, and isn’t that just an amazing thing?

[Oh and if you’re lucky enough to have a living and loving parent, consider a ‘Spore’ters membership  for them — it might just be the cool and fun gift you’re gonna wish you thought of when Mothers’ and/or Fathers’ days roll around!]

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Grow-Your-Own Shiitake Logs – Bigger & Better in 2018!

Greetings, Friends!

The wide fluctuations in temperature and frequent rains we’re experiencing are just the kind of conditions that can sometimes result in the spontaneous fruiting of shiitake mushrooms.

One of the world’s most popular edible mushrooms, Shiitakes have a significant place in the history of mycoculture by humans. Highly nutritious, and well-established as a health-promoting mushroom, shiitakes grown on a pre-innoculated log are a seasonal gift that keep on giving!

This year, as part of our operational expansion, we’re offering a new and improved version of our Grow-Your-Own Shiitake Mushroom Logs exclusively to our ‘Spore’ters. That’s right: as a mark of our great appreciation, ONLY folks who’ve joined up and supported our growth will have the opportunity to take one of these beauties home.

With a little care and patience, you can participate in the centuries-long tradition of harvesting and eating delicious homegrown Shiitakes. It’s an excellent way to deepen your relationship with the fungi in your world and to enjoy the experience of identifying, harvesting, and dining upon such a tasty mushroom !

Shiitakes are perfect for stir-fries, on the grill,  in seasonal mixed grains or risottos, or dried, powdered, and used as an amazing base for soups and gravies.

How does it work? (The Basics)
– This mushroom’s natural role in a forest’s ecology is as a decomposer of wood, participating in the process of returning trees to soil.
– We’ve introduced a culture of Shiitake to freshly-cut wood. The log is both the home and the food for the Shiitake, and the fungus establishes itself, growing through the log as it consumes it and breaks it down.
– When the mycelium (the main body of the fungus, living within the tree) encounters the right conditions, under the normal seasonal fluctuations of temperature and moisture, it will be triggered to produce mushrooms!

Things you might like to know about this year’s crop of Grow-Your-Own Shiitake Mushroom Logs:

How big are they?
– 2-foot long, approximately 8-inch wide rounds

What kind of wood?
– Locally-harvested (Digby County) maple

How do I care for it?
– Maintain the log in a humid area, sheltered from drying winds and sun; some dappled light is desirable. We recommend providing the log with extra water during the driest part of the summer by dunking it in a bucket of water for up to six hours, once every two weeks. If cracks appear in the ends of the log, like they do on firewood, definitely give it a good soaking.

When will mushrooms appear?
– As a living organism, the Shiitake needs to grow and mature before it gets to its reproductive stage. The vigorous strain we’ve selected should establish itself and grow through the log at a steady pace, eventually appearing as whitish discoloration on the cut ends of the logs. Although this process can go quickly, it is most likely that the log will fruit for the first time in either Spring or Autumn of 2019.

Like a perennial plant, a Grow-Your-Own Shiitake Mushroom log will undergo cycles of dormancy, mycelial growth, and fruiting: it can live in a corner of your garden for the next few years, sprouting delicious and beneficial mushrooms in harmony with the natural cycles of your local microclimate.

How do I get one?

Join our Community of ‘Spore’ters by clicking HERE to get all the relevant details, including a sign-up form and an outline of the other fabulous perks** available to our wonderful community of mushroom-loving, local-food promoting, ‘Spore’ters.

Special thanks to those who’ve already joined the Community of ‘Spore’ters! If you’re thinking about signing up (or giving a membership as a gift), don’t miss your chance — Contact Us before we close the program at end of April!

**’Walk on the Wild Side’ guided mushroom walks! Savings all year long on everything we sell and registration for all of our walks and workshops! Exclusive Mycomania Omnibus!)

So, you know how they say April fools…

Well, we were all psyched up to come see y’all at Seedy Saturday, and then we woke up to this:

 

And as much as we’d like to say “oh maybe it’s just a localized weather pattern”, or “it’ll improve throughout the day”…that’s the kind of thinking that led to this:

red truck after crash small for web

 

 

only a few short months ago.

So we decided not to risk being made fools.

We’re disappointed to be missing out on seeing all you folks out in Clare today — if anyone reading this has another event planned in the area this month that you think would be a good chance for us to connect with the community there, please get in touch!

Apologies for the late notice, the snow knocked out our internet in the middle of drafting this post. Aaarg.

If anyone was hoping to catch up with us to sign up as a ‘Spore’ter today, please drop us a line and we’ll be more than happy to make alternate arrangements to meet with you on a day more suited to driving.

Oh and if you’re reading this on F___book, it’s an automatic re-post from our homepage: to make sure we get your messages, please use the Contact Us page on our website!

Take care of yourselves, & we’ll see you soon!

— your friends at Fundy Spores

 

Spores & Seeds this Saturday!

Hey y’all!

First off, many thanks to those who’ve shared our announcement of Fundy Spores 2018 Community ‘Spore’ters Campaign**

Shiitakes on log

Gratuitous Shiitake close-up! 2018 ‘Spore’ters get to take a log home to love & cherish (& harvest!).
Oh and don’t squint — we’re calling this photo “artistically blurry”.

Just a quick post today to remind you to come check out the great activities and vendors at Seedy Saturday this weekend in Clare!

Where: Rendez-vous de la Baie, 23 chemin du phare, Pointe-de-l’Église (23 Lighthouse Road, Church Point — look for the red roof at the Université Sainte-Anne!)
When:  le samedi 7 Avril 2018 (Saturday April 7 2018)
What Time:  10h à 14h (10am-2pm)
Why Should I? Because sooner or later, you’re going to want to grow something! There’ll be garden-related talks en Français and in English, plus the always-super annual market where you can meet some Seed sellers and other local Food Producers / Artisans / Skill-sharers / Sources of Inspiration!

All for the low-low price of FREE.

And as if that’s not enough, you can see us again after a long winter! In addition to saying hi, this is your chance to:

Nourrissons nos âmes and partake in some springtime fun! See you on Saturday!

** Missed the big news? Read all about it HERE!