This summer we’re teaming up again with CSA (community supported agriculture) vegetable farms to bring local log-grown mushrooms to families on a bi-weekly basis. CSAs are generally paid for in advance and give families a full growing season’s worth of vegetables or other farm products.
Here are the basics of our mushroom farm share:
– eight to ten bi-monthly mushroom shares added to your CSA box. You will get a selection of fresh mushrooms that are mostly certified organic, cultivated outdoors on logs and in mushroom beds, or wild-crafted. For example, you’ll receive log-grown shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, and other cultivated and foraged mushrooms like hen of the woods and chanterelles. We don’t include the most basic mushrooms like buttons and portabellas; we want this to be an opportunity for you to get some of the tastiest mushrooms available, and perhaps ones you’ve never tried before!
– Each share includes about a quarter to a third of a pound (depending on your CSA) of mushrooms. Preparing mushrooms (even rare ones) isn’t as challenging as you may think. It’s sometimes as simple as sautéing them in butter or olive oil with some garlic and eating them on a baguette or pasta. Still, we provide a recipe for each mushroom delivery that should give you an idea of how to make the most of the mushrooms you’re getting. You’ll also be added to our newsletter, so that you get regular updates about our farm and happenings at the farmers market.
– We aim to provide really fresh and exciting mushrooms to you at a good value. We come up with the cost of the mushroom farm share by totaling up the cost of producing and packaging mushrooms, purchasing some others, delivery costs, and a little to our Veggie CSA partners for all their work! Because some mushrooms cost more than others to grow or produce, some weeks you will get mushrooms that are more expensive than the average you pay, while other weeks you’ll get mushrooms that are less expensive. On average though, the cost of each delivery is about 10% less than what you’d pay in grocery co-ops.
– We can’t give tell you ahead of time exactly which mushrooms you’ll get on which week, but here’s an example of a mushroom share season for one of our veggie CSA partner farms from last year:
- June 26 – Beech mushrooms and a reishi mushroom brownie
- July 10 – Gray oyster mushrooms
- July 24 – Lion’s Mane mushrooms
- August 7 – Shiitake mushrooms
- August 21 – Chanterelle mushrooms
- September 4 – Gray oyster mushrooms
- September 19 – Hen of the Woods mushrooms
- September 25 – Shiitake mushrooms and jar of smoked shiitake butter
– This year (2021) you’ll be getting mushrooms monthly if you’re a part of Shared Ground Farmers Coop , or Future Farms Grown, and you’ll be able to sign up for mushroom shares through the following CSA farms:
Fresh Earth Farms – new!
If you’re not part of one of these veggie CSAs, but would like a regular supply of mushrooms throughout of the summer, you can purchase a mushroom farm share directly through us, for pick up at the Mill City Farmers Market. Click here for more details!