EXOTIC & GOURMET MUSHROOMS

Growing Oysters from our 'grow' logs - what a beautiful sight.

Growing Oysters from our ‘grow’ logs – what a beautiful sight.

Growing EXOTIC & GOURMET MUSHROOMS is especially easy. We cut our teeth on Oysters (pink, pearl, golden and king), Shiitake and Red Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidim). Button mushrooms however are a different story. We recommend growing oyster mushrooms as they are very easy and quick to grow and the market place for suppliers is wide open. The button mushroom market has many large and successful growers who have already established firm relationships with their customers. Supplying a growing demand for exotic mushrooms (such as oysters and shiitake) in South Africa would be a lot easier than breaking into the button market.

For ‘beginner’ growers, we recommend a bit of basic researcha DVD set by Marc Keith called “Let’s grow mushrooms”, and the book “Growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms” by Paul Stamets, are both a good start. Or even easier, we have put together a MUSHROOM GROW KIT  called The Rookie ‘roomer. It has all you need and includes invaluable detailed and illustrated STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS. All you need to add is approx 10kgs straw, dried grass or sawdust (not pine), and off you go. A cheap way of discovering how easy mushroom growing can be!

Our approach has always been to start by seeing what space, equipment and substrate you have easily available to you.

It needn’t cost a fortune, especially if you plan on supplying your local farmers market or restaurants or even your own family.

From making our own spawn and ‘grow’ logs, fruiting, attending 5am farmers markets and supplying local distributors – we have discovered that you don’t need a large labour force or vast sums of money. There is great satisfaction and excitement in growing your own mushrooms, even if it for your own pot.

You do need a passion for growing fungi, an open mind, some ‘out the box’ thinking and a good relationship with your customers.

Now that you have an idea, the next step is to visit our shop and order your oyster spawn. It’s that simple. For the full range of spawn, click on Mushroom Spawn on the left hand side of this page.

Growing King oysters - what beautiful 'babies'

Growing King oysters – what beautiful ‘babies’

Having said that, if however you are wanting to go big – there there will need to be a fair amount of capital investment.

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EXOTIC & GOURMET MUSHROOMS — 5 Comments

  1. Hello, this is very interesting. I am in process of planning mushroom farming in my home country Mozambique. the market is growing by each passing day but producers are non existing.i will follow all the instructions as said above and will try and see if there is any farm in Cape Town where I can visit to see how it is done. thanks a lot guys

  2. Good day , I just relocated from the city to a farm outside middelburg. I have always been interested in mushrooms and want to start growing my own .I have donr quite a bit if research and have the perfect location but need thr spawn …..I dont have alot of capitol available and plan on starting small and if all goes well grow more.can u pls advice me on where and how to obtain the spawn as im most interested in oyster and button mushroom .thank you
    marisa

    • Hello Marisa, How very exciting. I thoroughly enjoy growing mushrooms! To answer your question about SPAWN, scroll to the top of this page and you will find a button ‘Mushroom Spawn’ – when you hover over it, it will say “shop for SPAWN”. Click on it and you will see our product list, which includes various oyster spawn. Simply place your order on-line, following the prompts. We specialise in exotic mushrooms. we do not sell button mushroom spawn.

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