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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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!

Wacky weather, wild mushrooms!

Greetings, frosty friends!

We hope you’ve been safe and warm throughout the frigid days of late Dec and early 2018!

<<Fresh Wild Mushroom Alert!>>
Have you seen these beauties blossoming from the old hardwoods in your yard, woodlot, or neighbourhood? The sudden rise in temperature has prompted a local flush of what some call “Autumn Oysters” or “Olive Oysterlings”: we’ve spotted them at a nearby post office, just off the sidewalk in a local town, not to mention several ‘drive-by’ sightings! A delicious local edible, these  hearty mushrooms are perfect candidates for stir fries and soups, and dry down excellently for future enjoyment. You’d be hard pressed to confuse these ‘shrooms for any “lookalike” species, especially at this time of year!

Small Autumn Oysters for webAutumn Oysters close-up for web

Late Autumn Oysters (Panellus serotinas)

Key features: These gilled mushrooms are light drab-brown to olive green in colour, sometimes with a purpleish or blueish edge (especially after a frost). Usually found growing in clusters, with no stems, they’re not noted for having a particularly unique smell. We usually find them devouring old dead hardwoods, particularly maple and beech.

As always, exercise good practices when trying new foods, especially when identifying wildcrafted edibles! Make sure to refer to multiple current sources in order to confirm your ID and be sure to save a sample of anything you eat. You’re responsible for your own safety!

Let this be a reminder of the resilience and ubiquity of our dear fungi friends — cheers to the wild everywhere!

 

 

 

Mushrooms in December

Hey folks!

The cooling weather may have slowed down mushroom fruitings, but the forests still host an abundance of unseen fungal activity. Spores swirl, seeking suitable substrate for future growth, mycelium and their hosts change gears and tuck in for the cold season.

With fewer leaves on the trees and the herbaceous undergrowth giving over to frost, it becomes easier to spot shelf-shaped mushrooms adorning trunks and branches; among these are some of our best local edible and health-promoting species.

This weekend we’ll be at the annual special winter holiday edition of the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market! PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!

When: December 2, 2017, 9am-3pm

Where: Champlain Elementary School — 109 North Street, Granville Ferry

This is your chance to bring home some delicious dried mushrooms: the special ingredient to take your seasonal cooking to new heights! We’ve got lovingly homegrown shiitakes and oysters, and a complement of amazing wild species (always locally and ethically wildcrafted, of course), to bring you that feeling of satisfaction and connection to nature that only ‘shrooms can offer!

Download this flyer as a pdf here

We’re also fully stocked up on health-promoting mushroom tinctures, available individually or as a gift set (which collects all three tinctures in a wooden gift box, stained with our Chaga ink!). Chaga, Turkey Tail, and Reishi are all known for providing immune system support, which might be just what you need to keep your engine tuned up throughout the chilly months.

 

For the artists among us, of course, we’ve got Chaga ink on hand — nontoxic, biodegradable and unique, this could be just the thing to bring an untamed element to your your palette!

To bring it all together, share warm thoughts and feelings with a notecard featuring mushroom art from the incredible LeyAnn Meau.

If you miss us in (near) Annapolis Royal on Dec 2nd, you’ll have another chance in Digby on December 9 & 10! It’s our first year doing a holiday event in Digby — if you’re in the area, make sure to drop by and say hi!

What: Digby Scallop Days 5th Annual Christmas Craft Show

When: December 9, 10am-6pm AND December 10, 10am-4pm

Where: Digby Elementary School — 20 Shreve St, Digby

Wishing you warmth and joy throughout the season!

Hikes and Spikes: it’s fall on the East Coast!

Hi folks!

Last night’s Wild Wednesday was a fantastic adventure into a local forest; we found hedgehog (AKA  “sweet tooth” or “bellybutton”) mushrooms and spotted a quintessential quill pig*!

The fungi were abundant, and it was a joyful experience — if you’d like to join us next time, get in touch soon to reserve your place!

**Special Announcement** We’ve added a “Sunday Saunter” for Sept 10th at 12pm (noon), weather permitting. To sign up, drop us an email or visit our table at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this Saturday (Sept 9th).

Learn what features of mushrooms make each species unique, discover some of our local edible, health-promoting, and otherwise fascinating fungi, and maybe even visit with some of our wilder neighbours.

Don’t miss out! The time is right to catch this season’s splendor, and (as though this needs saying), we can’t expect the weather to always cooperate.

Word nerds unite:  we spied a nicely “squamulose”  (featuring small scales) young  Destroying Angel, along with others ranging from buttons to fully-grown specimens.

Full details for our Mushroom Walks series:

Wild Wednesday Walks & Sunday Saunters
**NEW TIMES* 5:30-7 on Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm on Sundays
Throughout the month of September (excluding Sunday Sept 24th)
Various locations in Annapolis County. We will meet at an easily-identified location and proceed to the hiking trail as a group.
Cost: $35 per person. Group rate, for 6 or more participants, is $30/person. Maximum group size is 10 people.
Terrain will be mild-medium in difficulty. Registrants should wear good walking shoes and have confidence in navigating tree roots, rocks, moss, and other aspects of typical Nova Scotia forest trails.
Payment can be made via Interac email (fundyspores AT gmail DOT com) or in person (cash only, please) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders market. Payment must be received to complete registration and hold your space.

To sign up via email, please respond and include the following information:
– Your name (and number in your party, if registering for a group)
– Preferred date of walk and/or preferred location (e.g. “Close to Bridgetown” or “Close to Bear River”) if applicable.
– Your method of payment (Interac security code if paying by email, or request to arrange payment in person).

We would like to ensure Fundy Spores workshops and events are as inclusive as possible. If you have physical mobility restrictions, and/or require assistance (e.g. an attending carer, interpreter, or assistance animal),  please do contact us and we will make our best effort to accommodate you.

*porcupine

The Artful Mushroom

Hi Everyone!

We’re happy to announce that this month’s Mushroom Monday topic is “Mushrooms & Art”! Join us in Bear River to learn about all kinds of ways mushrooms are used in various art practices, local species that can be beneficial to artists, and how fungi and art can be part of holistic self-care practice.

For inspiration, check out this beautiful piece by our dear friend LeyAnn Meau (the radical artist behind our logo, the drawings of the mushrooms on our labels, and the greeting cards we have at our market table):

“Good Ideas”

Interested in using mushrooms in your own art practice? The black and brown inks LeyAnn used are our very own Tippler’s Bane and Chaga Mycomediums.

Hope to see you on Monday, July 31st!

(Need a copy of the poster for your fridge or community bulletin board? Download the pdf here: Mushroom Mondays Poster July)

Mushrooms for Health event this month!

Hi all,
Hope you’re getting out and spying the season’s first blooms of wild mushrooms! Here at Fundy Spores, we’re continuing to work to bring you the freshest and tastiest cultivated ‘shrooms around, in addition to our tinctures, artists’ mycomediums, delectable dried mushrooms, zines, and fresh-brewed hot Chaga tea.

Our first Mushroom Monday was well received, and we’re looking forward to June’s event — won’t you join us? This month’s theme is “Mushrooms for Health”: we’ll be talking about local health-promoting fungi, the fundamentals of using mushrooms for health, and the interconnectedness of human health and ecological wellbeing.

Date: June 26
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: 1888 Clementsvale Road (next to Sissiboo Coffee) in Bear River
Cost: $20, no one turned away for lack of funds (please don’t deny yourself this workshop if $20 is out of your price range, we’d rather you came and paid what is manageable for you!)
Bring a mug and enjoy a nice hot cup of Chaga tea!
For accessibility info and more details, visit the Mushroom Mondays page .
Download a copy of this poster for your fridge or local community board here: Mushroom Mondays Poster for June.
Hope to see you soon!