February 2018 - The Art of Growing Mushrooms
Stephanie Doyle - Education Director - NH Mushroom Company
February 12 dawned just warm for us to brave the ice from the day before and attend the monthly membership meeting. We had 60 members and guests in attendance.
Hospitality once again did a wonderful job with a lovely Valentine's Day theme. We had a brief business meeting skillfully conducted by Vice President Deb Holmes, who reviewed the status of present projects and informed the audience about some of the upcoming events.
Many of us grew up with canned mushrooms, hardly knowing what a fresh mushroom looked like. Now even our local grocery stores offer many different varieties. Recipes may call for crimini, chanterelle, morel or oyster mushrooms.
But where do they come from and how do they differ from each other? Are any of those we see growing in the woods while hiking safe to eat? The program focused on answering those very questions.
The NH Mushroom Co. is a certified organic business located in nearby Tamworth. Stephanie Doyle, the Education Director, shared with us her extensive knowledge of all things mushroom from growing and foraging to how they differ in flavor and texture. Stephanie brought along three mushroom grow bags with a healthy crop of fungi you won't find in a grocery store -- "lion's mane" and two varieties of oyster mushrooms. Three members were lucky enough to go home with these fanciful fungi., which were added to our monthly raffle prizes.
To find out more about the NH Mushroom Co. - click here to visit their website.