Types of Kits
Mushroom Shack’s Indoor Mushroom Farms and Outdoor Mushroom Gardens are growing kits made of 100% organic material. They consist of mushroom mycelium in its purest form sustained by a sterilized substrate material. We use different types of substrates for different types of mushrooms. For instance, The Blue Oyster Mushroom Farm grows best in a bag of pasteurized straw, while the Shiitake Mushroom Farm grows best in a mixture of enriched sawdust and chipped wood. All of Mushroom Shack’s indoor Mushroom Farms and Outdoor Mushroom Gardens are 100% natural and safe for any environment.
Indoor Mushroom Shack Mushroom Farms
Everything you need is provided with the Indoor Farms and they couldn’t be easier to take care of! All you do is place the special humidity tent (provided in the box) over the Farm and water it according to the instructions. Some Farms may require an initial overnight soak in cool water. This is to shock the mycelium into action. If your Farm requires a soak, it can be done in a sink, bucket or even the tub. Be sure NOT to use chlorinated or distilled water when soaking or giving your Farm a drink. Chlorine can kill the mycelium and prohibit your ‘shrooms from growing and distilled water doesn’t have the vital nutrients that they need to properly grow. We suggest rain or well water, but boiled water will work just fine too.
All of our indoor Mushroom Farms are completely decomposable because they’re completely natural. Eventually all the nutrients in the Farm will run out and it will cease to produce. When that happens, these Farms can be broken up and planted outside, in compost piles, bales of straw, on hardwood chips or scattered over logs. Sometimes introducing the spent Farm into new substrate material can result in propagating more mushrooms.
Outdoor Mushroom Shack Mushroom Gardens
Our Outdoor Mushroom Gardens need to be mixed into a bed of material such as earth or wood chips and allowed to grow out and colonize the bed. The substrate needed will depend on the species of mushroom you desire and is not provided in our gardens. Carefully select the location for your mushroom bed, then monitor its condition and water it according to the instructions provided. It is not optimal to do so, but outdoor Mushroom Gardens CAN be watered with chlorinated water because there is much more material in and around the bed for the chlorine to latch onto. It will typically take about 9 months to colonize and then your mushrooms will begin to form, but when your shrooms do finally appear, you’ll agree it was worth the wait!
The mushrooms should then continue to spring up for several years thereafter.
Depending on your mushroom interests, we provide a number of different species. It may be for health and medicinal purposes or just because they taste so darn good! For this reason we offer a wide variety of indoor Mushroom Farms and outdoor Mushroom Gardens.
Indoor Mushroom Shack Mushroom Farms
Our Maitake Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 55–70° F
(Grifola frondosa)also known as Hen of the Woods. They are one of the most widely recognized medicinal mushrooms. Maitake literally means “dancing mushroom” because people would dance for joy when they found it in the wild. It has demonstrated anticancer effects in laboratory studies and has been shown to activate the immune system.The Maitake is known for its crisp texture. It tastes good and has an excellent aroma. It is considered to be one of the most desirable edible mushrooms, truly a gourmet delicacy.
Our Reishi Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 70–80° F
(Ganoderma lucidum), the Japanese call this mushroom Reishi and it’s called Ling Chi in China, It has long been sought after for its sacred medicinal properties. Ling Chi literally means “supernatural mushroom “and has been represented in Asian art for thousands of years. Reishi is effective in the treatment of cancer because of its POLYSACCHRIDES. This mushroom is usually used in dried form. Commonly crumbled or powdered and seeped in teas. This beneficial fungi has a strong but pleasant taste.
Our Shiitake Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 50–80° F
(Lentinula edodes), this is the most popular choice for home cultivation. Shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years. This heart healthy ‘shroom is also packed with powerful antioxidants. They invigorate your Immune system and promote optimal health. Shiitake mushrooms are an excellent source of selenium and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and protein. Consumed world-wide fresh, dried and even pickled, shiitake have a rich, earthy taste.
Our Lion’s Mane Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 65–75° F
(Hericium erinaceus)this amazing fungi produces beautiful icicle like cascading clusters that can grow to the size of grapefruits and even bigger. It has an uncanny lobster-like flavor when sauteed with butter and onions. In addition to being high in protein and fiber, its scientific clinical applications have also shown it to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia.
Our Blue Oyster Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 55–75° F
(Pleurotus ostreatus)is a small, satiny, silvery blue-capped, mushroom with a whitish stem. This is a variant of the Pearl Oyster Mushroom. This species fruits best at a temperature of about 65 degrees. Freezing is not harmful to this farm however it will not produce mushrooms until stabilized in the optimal growing temperature range. An excellent source of glucosamine,they seem to have the most promising effect on cholesterol levels and cancer. The flavor and texture are described as being juicy, with a peppery tang. They can be fried and treated just like oysters making them a good addition for stews.
Our King Oyster Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 55–75° F
(Pleurotus eryngii)this is the largest of the oyster species. It’s heavy, fleshy, and unlike any other cultivated oyster mushroom. The species is characterized by dense, bright-white stalks with cream-colored caps. The caps are concave in shape, tan, and typically thick and solid. Unlike other oysters, that tend to grow in a series of overlapping caps, this mushroom grows in clusters. The clusters are joined at the base. The king oyster produces compounds called statins. Statin drugs are credited with reducing "bad cholesterol" (LDL). They work by stimulating receptors in the liver, triggering it to clear the cholesterol from the body. The sweet robust flavor and a firm meaty texture make this species perfect for Saute, stir-fry, grill, deep-fry, soup, stew, pasta sauces, Italian dishes, meats, and seafood.
Our Golden Oyster Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 45–65° F
(P. cornucopioides), just like its botanical name implies, meaning slightly funnel-shaped. It is cultivated heavily in France, but found wild throughout Britain. The fungus produces white stems, with a cream colored cap that turns to ochre-brown. It grows in the wild on cut stumps of deciduous trees, usually elm or oak. Research shows a possible anti-tumor effect from polysaccharides in these oyster strains as well as statins fighting high cholesterol. When preparing this mushroom there are many different methods available. They can be braised, sautéed, broiled, grilled, or stewed to be added to soups, pasta, sauces, meats, vegetable dishes, and seafood.
Our Velvet Pioppino Mushroom Farm - Optimal Growing Temperature: 50–70° F
(Agrocybe aegerita) also known as the black poplar mushroom and the chestnut mushroom. The Velvet Pioppino has wonderful dark brown circular caps on long cream-colored stems with beautiful rings on the stems that cascade as the mushroom matures. The mellow forest like earthy flavor makes it a natural for pastas, linguine, wild game and red meats.
Outdoor Mushroom Shack Mushroom Gardens
Our Black Morel Garden
(Genus black morchella), by far some of the most highly prized wild mushrooms. These distinctive fungi resemble honeycombs in that the caps are composed of a network of ridges with pits between them. They have a rich, creamy flavor that is earthy, nutty, and almost steak-like. It’s this awesome taste that makes the morel #1 with mushroom lovers worldwide. The taste of morels is exquisite and indeed addictive. The unique flavor of the morel mushroom is prized by gourmet chefs for special menu options, and the results can be quite creative! We enjoy these prized delicacies immensely and hope you do also!
Our Wine Cap Garden
(Stopharia rugosa-annulata), Wine Caps are some of the easiest mushrooms to grow and they are really beautiful. This mushroom has a port wine-colored cap with a robust white stalk. These are crisp, slightly nut flavored mushrooms that are great for cooking in a wide variety of dishes. Most any dish you would add mushrooms to, you can use the wine cap. The caps can grow to considerable size, which makes them prime candidates forstuffing and grilling.
Our Shaggy Mane Garden
(Coprinus comatus), its hallmarks are the bullet-like shape of its cap often covered with delicate scales. Shaggy Manes are delicious, and can be found in a variety of habitat throughout the northern hemisphere. They can be grown in rich soils and a variety of composted materials. Simply mix the mushroom spawn (provided with your garden kit), into a prepared soil bed or compost pile (purchased or gathered locally, to save the environmental impact of shipping – see instructions for details). Follow the watering instructions that come with your kit, and wait for the harvest! Fruiting will occur primarily in the fall season. They degrade fast therefore It’s best to use these mushrooms the same day they are harvested. Its unique robust flavor is transferred to other foods and liquids it’s cooked with. We don’t recommend cutting them into small pieces because the tissue is tender and it cooks quickly. Saute whole with butter and onions. Pasta and poultry also pick up this mushroom’s savory aspects exceptionally well.