We are fungi, hear us ROAR! Lion’s Mane Tincture Now Available!

Hey folks!

The end of the 2020 Summer Market season is upon us already! May as well go out with a bang, right?

Just in time to celebrate the Autumn’s bounty, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our NEW Lion’s Mane tincture, made with homegrown health-promoting mushrooms!

As some of you may already know, Lion’s Mane (and its near-identical relatives in the family Hericium spp.) mushrooms have many applications in traditional medicines.  

Historically remarked for benefits relating to mental function, memory, clarity, and meditation, these fungi are currently being investigated for the ways they may influence brain health through neuroprotection and neurogenesis (see select citations below for a taste of the research).

Although it’s part of the local ecology in this neck of the woods, one of the only times we’ve found the Bear’s Head growing in the wild was about five years ago!

Endeavoring as always to make the power and potency of mushrooms more available to our community, we wanted to bring Hericium species to the people. Following the success of our cultivation trials in 2019-2020, we are now happy to offer dual-extracted Lion’s Mane tincture in a 50ml bottle.

Tinctures are a great way to preserve and make daily use of these mushrooms year-round as part of your holistic health practice. For more info, click over to our page on Mushrooms for Health.

For fresh, locally-grown Oyster Mushrooms, dual-extracted Chaga (while supplies last!), Turkey Tail, Reishi, and Lion’s Mane mushroom tinctures, and our delicious Rainy Day Soup Mix, visit us at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this Saturday!

Where: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

When: Saturday, October 10 2020, 9am-1pm (Rain or Shine)

Please note that this is likely to be our last public market of the year. If you wish to purchase Fundy Spores products throughout the off-season, including for holiday gifts or seasonal meals, Contact Us directly to learn about shipping options.

Depicts the Fundy Spores table at the Farmers Market

Further Reading on Lion’s Mane:

Lion’s mane may be our first “smart” mushroom. It is a safe, edible fungus that appears to confer cognitive benefits on our aging population.”

Stamets, Paul. Lion’s Mane: A Mushroom That Improves Your Memory and Mood? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mushroom-memory_b_1725583

“A new neuroprotective strategy, like an oral administration of a biomass Hericium biomass preparation given for 3 month, as done in our recent study [4] can represent a therapeutic target to minimize the deleterious effects related to oxidative burden, such as that occurring in brain aging and in neurodegenerative disorders.”

Trovato Salinaro, A., Pennisi, M., Di Paola, R. et al. Neuroinflammation and neurohormesis in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer-linked pathologies: modulation by nutritional mushrooms. Immun Ageing 15, 8 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12979-017-0108-1

“The results obtained in this study suggest that Yamabushitake [Fundy Spores blog editor note: this is the name for Lion’s Mane in Japanese] is effective in improving mild cognitive impairment”.

Mori K, Inatomi S, Ouchi K, Azumi Y, Tuchida T. Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Phytother Res. 2009 Mar;23(3):367-72. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2634. PMID: 18844328.

The World is Your Oyster (Mushroom)

Hey Folks!

Harvest Alert! Blue and Golden Oyster mushrooms will be available at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this Saturday, Sept 12: don’t miss out!

If you’re coming in from out of town, or maybe this is one of your last weekends here before heading ‘back to “away”‘, or perhaps you’re getting the pantry stocked up for a rainy day, consider picking up some extras: perfect for dehydrating* or cooking into that favorite hearty soup or stew you’re canning!

Now’s also a good time to check out our selection of health-promoting mushroom tinctures for symptom-targeted or maintenance use: please note Chaga tinctures are in limited supply, and will not be restocked (read about our commitment to sustainable wildcrafting here). We are working on a new addition to the tincture line-up to support you in your health journey, so stay connected to make sure you get all the info when that becomes available!

See you at the Market!

*(oh! that mushroom-soaking water makes food so delicious! dehydrate at 125 degrees F until ‘cracker-crisp’)

We Never Left! (It’s 2020?!)

Hey Folks!

So it’s been a while since we updated this page, but rest assured — we never left! Our mushrooming passion hasn’t waned, in fact, we’ve been ever-improving our cultivation process and updating the scope and range of our product offerings.

If having braved the outside world and visited the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this summer, you’ve hopefully already had the chance to enjoy some of our fresh home-grown Oyster Mushrooms! These delicious and beneficial mushrooms are lovingly cultivated by us, for you, and we’re getting lots of positive feedback from the local crowd.

This week, we’re adding a new selection to the table — Fundy Spores Mushroom, Lentil, & Barley Soup Mix!

The image demonstrates two jars of Fundy Spores Mushroom, Lentil and Barley Soup Mix with a punnit of fresh Oyster mushrooms.
Mushrooms for the cupboard, and mushrooms for tonight!

We’ll give you our Cooking Instructions when you pick up a jar, but if you’re back here because you lost them(!), or for any reason you’d prefer to read them off your digital device, we’ve got you covered — head over to this page for an archived copy.

It’s been a beautiful summer so far, and while the heat is on, it hasn’t been too dry for the local cast of wild fungi characters to start emerging! Hemlock reishi (medicine!) meadow mushrooms (tasty!) and mica caps (cute and ephemeral!) have shown up, and rumours are circulating of chanterelles elsewhere in the province…keep your eyes open and you’re bound to spot a mushroom (or a lichen, a slime mould, or maybe a SCOBY!) somewhere in your world today.

Walk on the Wild Side with Fundy Spores!

Hello all!
Summer in Nova Scotia — what could be better? It’s time for us to get out there and see what kinds of fantastic fungi are popping up, providing food, habitat, medicine, and ecological regeneration in our nearby wild spaces.
For folks who live in and around Lunenburg, we’d love to have you come along for a mushroom walk this coming Sunday, August 26. We’ll be walking the Indian Path Common, starting at 1pm (please arrive at least a few minutes early so we can make sure the group is assembled and ready to go for 1).
We’ll meet at the trailhead at :
395 Fish Peddler Rd
Indian Path, NS
As our walks are intended to inspire & inform, we won’t be actively wildcrafting mushrooms on this outing; however, we do suggest you bring a camera or phone to take home pictures of the neat species we encounter! Some folks also like to have a notebook, magnifiying glass, or other observational tools with them. Please be sure to dress comfortably, and for the weather. Unless it’s an absolute torrential downpour that would make talking while walking impossible, we’ll still go!
To register, please contact us no later than Friday to arrange payment ($35 per person, kids under 13 welcome to attend at no extra cost, if supervised). Folks who will be in the Annapolis Royal area this week are also welcome to register in person at our table on Wednesday (10am-2pm) or Saturday (8am-1pm) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market.

Market Season Begins Tomorrow!

Hey folks!

It’s finally time for the Summer 2018 Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market to begin! Come by and stock up on your edible and health-promoting mushrooms and tinctures, grab a cup of hot chaga tea, and peruse our selection of mushroom art and zines.

Add mush love to your daily routine!

We’ll be in our regular spot, in the Market Square right by Sissiboo Coffee — look for the big black banner with our groovy logo (designed by fabulous artist LeyAnn Meau)

Due to the support of some very excellent people, we are expanding our operation this year and will have fresh mushrooms at the market regularly as soon as we can — a big shout out and THANKS! to those who have helped make that possible! Keep your eyes on the blog and/or sign up for our email list for announcements about the availability of new products.

Thanks also to Ordinary Family Food & Life for promoting our 2018 Community of ‘Spore’ters campaign in their monthly newsletter — if you believe like we do in good-quality food as a key part of the foundation for holistic wellness, make sure to check them out!

See you at the Market (every Saturday from now until October, 8am-1pm in Annapolis Royal).

P.S. If you’re a local maker, grower, artist, musician, etc, be sure to respond to this call out for participants: let’s have a Bear River Market this summer!

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!]


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!