Cultivating Oyster Mushrooms With Mushroom Mountain’s Coffee Cultivator Kit

Blog by: Ben Feria, MM Editor Did you know that, from the coffee grounds used to make your regular cup of coffee, only 1% of the morning java in your mug is actually from the biomass of the coffee grounds used? The rest is tossed into the trash. Ambitious spirits may think to themselves, what … Read more

Shroomy Holidays 2023

Tis the season to be spore-y!  Embark on a mushroom-filled holiday journey with Mushroom Mountain filled with more fun(gi) than a basket of freshly foraged morels! Immerse yourself in a world where reindeer are replaced with giant mushrooms (we’re still working on the flying part! ), and Santa’s elves are busy cultivating the best fruiting bodies this … Read more

How to grow chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp.)

Who doesn’t love chicken of the woods? I adore this mushroom. It fruits very prolifically spring to fall in the wild, a gorgeous bright orange mushroom that has the texture of, you guessed it, chicken. In this post we will explore a proven method on how to grow delicious chicken of the woods mushrooms in … Read more

Slippery Jack(al)

Jack Mason, also known as Slippery Jack(al), brings joy and creativity to our office with his humor, art, and love for learning new things, like all-things-mushrooms and Croatian phrases. During the month of April, Slippery Jack(al) will be sharing some of his wonder, wit, talents, and insights on Mushroom Mountain’s social media pages. Don’t miss … Read more

Employee Spotlight: The Marvelous Megan Deaton

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The month of March brought a ray of light to Mushroom Mountain with the extended stay of remote employee, Megan Deaton. Megan lives on and manages her 40-acre farm in Colorado, operates her business (Megan’s Mushrooms), and handles wholesale operations for Mushroom Mountain. 

Megan arrived just in time for the Organic Grower’s School Conference in Mars Hill, NC, where she presented on Sustainable Mushroom Farming. Farmers and growers were captivated in multiple sessions as she took us through the practical, affordable process of starting a mushroom business or simply growing your own food. A self-proclaimed “spreadsheet nerd,” Megan breaks down mushroom cultivation into byte-sized, easy-to-follow steps that anyone can manage. Here are a couple of samples of tiers of entry according to the presentation:

Her bottom line was, with a material investment of less than $100 and some fresh-cut logs, anyone can start a sustainable, renewable, organic source of food and/or income with mushrooms. The frugal farmers took copious notes and quizzed Megan on appropriate tree/mushroom variety pairings, spawning and harvest times, and temperature and humidity considerations. She didn’t miss a beat. 

Mushroom Spawn for Sale

A week later, on the evening of the March full moon, Megan presented at our local mycological society and mushroom club, SCUMS (South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society). This talk included a hands-on log plugging event where participants were able to take home a freshly plugged shiitake log. Megan walked SCUMS members through the process and then helped them with drilling, plugging, and sealing their logs. Here’s a video of the demonstration:

In a casual interview at Mushroom Mountain, Megan shared with me how she got started with mushrooms, what she’s learned from working with them, and how she manages all of her endeavors. You can read the full interview here, but here are some takeaways that feel important for anyone moving into the fungal realm:

  1. Slow down. Mushrooms move slowly and wait for the right conditions to fruit. Megan says, “You can’t grow a mushroom from the beginning all the way to the end in a week, even two weeks. If you’re really looking at doing the whole process yourself, it’s at least an 8-week process if not longer depending on the species. So it takes a long time to wait for results and wait to see what happens. It’s not a hurried thing at all.”
  2. Pay attention to details, data, and visuals. Megan says, “They’ve taught me that it’s not all about just numbers, data, and organization. I’ve learned just as much from the spreadsheets as I have from visually watching the mushrooms, looking in on them every day to see what’s changed and what they’re doing. And they’ll tell you. Look at the little things. I went to school for photography so I’m a photographer by nature, and I’II notice all the little tiny details. Even if the stem is just a little more elongated than normal, maybe I’ve got something weird going on.” 
  3. Follow the smallest mycelial thread to connect with the larger network. Megan says, “When I was reading that first book and doing my business plan, I really thought, ‘This is my future.’ This isn’t just another job that I’m gonna try out for a while and then move on to the next thing. There was something in me that was like, ‘This is your future.’ And now here I am at Mushroom Mountain helping with all these fun projects and just moving forward with everything. And now I feel like, ‘Oh, I’m so glad I listened to that.’ I’m so glad I kept going with it. A couple of years ago if you told me I’d be here, half the year and doing all these fun things, I would never have believed you. I’d be like, ‘No way!’’ 

As we continue to expand and grow, we’re thrilled and honored to have Megan as an integral part of our team. For wholesale inquiries, please contact Megan at myceliummegan@gmail.com.

Barry’s Candy Cap Crème Brûlée

At Mushroom Mountain, we LOVE Barry! He makes espresso, charcuterie boards, and other tasty treats for us on the regular. Barry shared his kitchen wizard love with us on Valentine’s Day with his Candy Cap Crème Brûlée. Here’s the recipe! Barry’s Candy Cap Crème Brûlée Ingredients: 1 qt heavy cream 8 egg yolks 1 cup … Read more

How to Cultivate Shiitake Mushrooms

How to Cultivate Shiitake Mushrooms by Jack Mason There are a few different ways of cultivating shiitake mushrooms. However, the most efficient method of cultivation is to grow the mushrooms from plug spawn (from logs). Purchase mushroom plug spawn here. Before you get started with cultivating shiitake mushrooms, you need to consider what kind of … Read more

Learn to Grow Your Own Mushrooms!

Learn to Grow Your Own Mushrooms! Self-sustainability: food, medicine, money. These are the anchors that Mushroom Mountain employee, Brandon Owen, highlights while discussing his upcoming workshop: Fundamentals of Advanced Indoor Mushroom Growing. “The stuff that I want to teach the people in the course, they’ll be able to pivot any direction they want to,” Brandon … Read more

Which Oyster Mushroom Should I Choose to Cultivate and Other Useful Facts

Oyster mushrooms, scientifically known as Pleurotus spp. are delicious, full of flavor and considered a medicinal food. There are so many awesome varieties, and they all have a difference in taste, smell and consistency. There are around 202 edible species within the pleurotus family, with Pearl oysters being the most common in North America. Having … Read more

Log Mushroom Cultivation Troubleshooting Guide

20 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Cultivating Mushrooms on Logs Growing mushrooms on logs is very rewarding. What’s better than having home grown mushrooms in your yard? They can’t get any fresher than that. However, growing mushrooms can come with its own subset of problems. Check out this troubleshooting write up about the most common … Read more