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Creating the perfect conditions for

The Making of a Mushroom

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The Craft of Cultivation

Oregon is a mecca for mushrooms with its wet winters and temperate climate, but there are still years when Mother Nature doesn't favor these fickle fungi. Extreme heat, late frosts and drought all impact wild mushrooms. Some years are abundant, others not so much. On the farm, we're able to give our mushrooms all the elements they need for a reliable (and delicious) harvest.
 
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AIR

A Little Breathing Room

Like all plants — and people for that matter — mushrooms rely on air to grow and thrive. The cleaner the air, the happier the mushroom, and Sauvie Island boasts some of the freshest air in North America. 

Water

A nice stiff drink

We source our water straight from the Multnomah Channel, which carries snow melt from peaks of Mt. Hood all the way down to our farm.

 

Wood

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If you’ve ever hiked in Oregon, you know wild mushrooms love trees. Our farmed mushrooms have similar tastes when it comes to grub — they grow by digesting wood, and we supply all of our varieties with a steady diet of local Douglas Fir or Alder Wood. 

Shelter

Protection From the elements 

We use shipping containers to give our mushrooms the temperature and humidity they like best, while protecting them from any extreme shifts in weather. Each variety is grown in its own container, and then moved to a special "fruiting" area right before harvest.

  


 

Our Process

If you've ever noticed wild mushrooms that seem to have appeared out of nowhere, there's no need to check your eyes. Mushrooms do the majority of their growing work behind the scenes, and the fruit, or the part we eat, is actually a very small part of the whole organism. Here's a peek at how we grow ours.
 
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Selecting Species

All of our mushrooms begin their lives in the expert hands of local Oregon mushrooms experts who've worked for years to cultivate these varieties for their flavor and heartiness. 

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Growing & Incubating

We add our mushroom cultivars to growing blocks, which are like an all-you-can-eat buffet of wood. Then each of our species spends a specific number of days doing their thing, chowing down on that delicious Douglas Fir and building up the nutrients that will help them fruit.

 
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Fruiting

Once they're ready to pop, we move the mushrooms to a higher humidity, lower temperature container with perfect spectrum and efficient LED light so they can begin the quick and magical process of fruiting. It's a matter of days, and sometimes only hours, before we go from growing blocks that don't look like much to mushrooms sprouting everywhere.

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Harvesting

We hand pick several times a day to get the mushrooms at their tastiest moment. From there, they go straight to our restaurant customers and farmers markets to get dished up.