Fungus Among Us

mushroom

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Springtime makes one think about- mushrooms?  Well, if you’d like to start a mushroom-growing kit, now might be the time!  If you’re near Wisconsin, you can find them at Patty’s Plants and River Valley Ranch.  If you’re not, some plant and seed companies carry them.

We’ve grown portabellas before, and have gone with them again this year.  Next year might be button mushrooms, to try something different.  The kits grow a lot of mushrooms over a few months’ span.  Be prepared to make a lot of tasty mushroom dishes!  (Marinating and grilling sounds like a delicious idea- see the Fireside meal review earlier in the blog…)  Portabellas and pasta was another tasty, frequent meal.  You can’t beat the freshest mushrooms you can get when you pick them yourself.  Our box even lasted longer than we expected- just make sure to water appropriately and not let it get too dry.

Growing mushrooms is not your thing?  No worries!  Learn more about mushrooms and check out a group dedicated to understanding a natural part of our habitat.

The mighty mushroom may even replace Styrofoam or break down plastic!

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