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!

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!

Come on out of hibernation!

Hey everyone!

Spring’s around the corner and all the telltale signs are there — trees are budding, birds are returning, and folks are itching to get out and get those gardens growing!

We’re stoked to be rejoining enthusiastic gardeners, homesteaders, and herbcrafters at the 2016 Seedy Saturday hosted by the Festival Clare‐té, on campus at the Université Sainte-Anne.

When: April 2nd 2016, 1-4:30pm

Where: Rendez-Vous de la Baie, 23 Lighthouse Rd, Pointe-­de‐l’Église

Curious about the life cycle and delicious flavour of natural, log-grown Shiitake mushrooms? Consider picking up one of our fabulous grow-your-own mushroom logs, which will be freshly-innoculated and ready to take home and add to your living landscape.

Chasing away the winter blues, or looking to re-up your energy for all the spring projects you’ve been eagerly waiting to get started? No better time to add a health-promoting mushroom tincture to your self-care routine: we’ll have Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Chaga extractions available for a full-complement of immune-supporting, inflammation-reducing, and energy-boosting goodness.

What are folks saying about these tinctures? It’s hard not to be thrilled by this kind of feedback (this customer is using the Turkey Tail tincture to deal with seasonal allergies):

“I was just so excited and relieved to have found something that works!! a full night sleep no need to get up and drain my sinuses (YUCK). You have no idea what amount of medicines, [prescribed] and over the counter I have sprayed my nose with over the years. I was so relieved to find this Magical Mushroom cure!!!”

’nuff said, right?

Looking forward to seeing y’all at this excellent event, and counting the days until the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market starts up again for Summer!

Take care, until next time,

– the folks at Fundy Spores

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Grow-Your-Own Shiitake Mushroom Logs!

Now Available from Fundy Spores!

Grow-Your-Own Shiitake Mushroom Logs

Relate to a whole new dimension
of your garden:
Cultivate Shiitake Mushrooms at home!

Shiitake log on pile of logs

Homestead-Grown vs. Grocery Store Mushrooms

Commercial shiitakes are often produced using blocks of compressed sawdust.

Natural logs make more complex and nutritious food available
to the growing fungi, resulting in healthier and better-tasting mushrooms!

The Specs:

Wood Type:
While these mushrooms will grow on a variety of hardwoods, our sustainably harvested shiitake logs are cut at our homestead from fast-growing and locally abundant alder stands.

Size:
Logs range from approximately 12-14” in length and 3-5” in diameter.

Yield & Lifespan:
As living organisms, each shiitake culture is unique: interactions between the microclimate of your home environment and the log determine when and how many times you can expect it to fruit (produce mushrooms). Requiring relatively little attention, your log can be expected to fruit for the first time in either Spring or Autumn of 2016, and to enter a cycle of dormancy and fruiting that can last for several seasons.

What is that stuff covering the holes?
Wax protects the places where the shiitake fungus has been introduced to the log. We use a 100% vegan (no animal by-products or testing), biodegradable, non-GMO soy-based wax that is manufactured up to FDA and Kosher standards. Your mushroom mycelium has been exposed to no petroleum nor paraffin.