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!

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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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Lookout Wolfville!

Hey All!

Get your mycology on at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market this weekend — we’ll be there sharing a table with the lovely soapmistress of Nova Scotia Soapworks Studio (if you’re lucky, they’ll have some fabulous Chaga infused soap in stock, just one in their amazing line of herbal-blended bath bars!)!

This will be our first time with a table at this market, so come check us out (and tell your friends!) — as we move indoors for the colder weather, perhaps a wild mushroom tincture is just the thing to help strengthen your immune system against seasonal infections and winter stress! Looking for a gift for a friend (or want to treat yo’self)? A handmade hemp necklace with a swirly one-of-a-kind mushroom charm might be just the thing!

Mushrooming has been completely bonkers this season: we found a Chanterelle on Oct 30 (whaaa?!?), have spotted some gorgeous Late Autumn Oysters (Panellus serotinus — they only pop out after a frost!) and this week, some tasty-looking Field Mushrooms (Agaricus campestris) appeared on a friend’s lawn!

Late Autumn OysterAutumn Oysters erupting from an alder stand, Nov 2015

Ever-exciting and constantly surprising,  magnificent mushrooms are all around us —  though there’s plenty to see on the forest floor, let this bodacious Bear’s Head Tooth remind you to look up every once in a while!

Bear's Head ToothHericium Americanum sprouting about 7 feet from the ground, on beech

See you at the Market!