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.

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!]

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