Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Farm

Getting spores germinated on agar jelly is easy enough – as long as you don’t mind which spore or bacteria you wish to grow! For folks who are more used to home economics than hepa-flow hoods there is a happy starting point for your mycelial ambitions – the Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Farm from Dartmoor Sheepskins is a great way to start producing your own grey oyster mushrooms for eating, within just a couple of weeks from starting.

Order your kit here – and prepare your out-of-direct-sunlight farm location right away – your Mushroom Farm will be dispatched directly from the laboratory to your house. Have a space available in your fridge, as the spore block will need to be triggered into thinking it’s autumn, and this is done in your household refrigerator.

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Description

A recent study on ancient British woodland found that it is astonishingly comprised of nearly 30% mycelial network, mushrooms in other words!

Many people would love to grow their own mushrooms and starting in laboratory conditions with a spore print is obviously the most hardcore route into this process. It’s also furiously difficult to keep things this clean in an ordinary kitchen. 

Mushrooms themselves are commonly thought to sit on a fence between between “plant” and “animal” – this is not true.  Fungi are classed as a kingdom all of its own owing to the differences between animals and fungi, and the differences between, for example, trees and fungi. At this distance all seems perfectly in order and our labelling system appears to make a lot of sense. However, when we zoom out and include all the organisms we call bacteria and the differences between plants and fungi are almost irrelevant.

Not only, seen against this background of total variation of life forms, are trees and lizards practically indistinguishable, but also mushrooms and ciliate protists are part of this closely knit group of "eucaryotes" or "eukarya." More or less, they all belong to the same kingdom.

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How to grow oyster mushrooms from your kit:

Step 1: Winter is coming.

Your kit arrives with a knock at the door – this will be a contact-less delivery, but your spore block wants attention before it sits out in the heat of the day.

Unwrap the block and set your instruction aside for reference. Write the date down, so you know how old your mushrooms are.

Place your block on a clean plate in the fridge, to let the mushrooms know that it’s autumn. 

Step 2: Overcast with a chance of rain.

After 24 hours, place your Mushroom Farm out of direct sunlight – on a north facing windowsill is often perfect. 

Your job is to convincingly recreate autumnal showers throughout the day – a light spray is all that is required and maybe just twice a day. But use your discretion, in a heated room you will need to spray often enough to prevent the fruits drying out before they can fully form.  You are aiming to recreate autumn in Britain, not a downpour during monsoon season.  

Step 3: Supper Time!

When your oysters open up to three quarters size you can cut them (or twist off by hand) at the base. Fry in a little butter and serve with a huge grin. Congratulations – you’ve fruited your own delicious mushrooms! Continue to harvest until fruiting slows down and then: plunge your spore block again into cold water to trigger further flushes.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 15 cm

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