There is always an abundance of green growth and experiments on my kitchen windowsill at any given time. As I wait impatiently to take my foliage outside our windowsill staples are basil or other cooking herbs (chocolate mint at the moment! yum), scallions that have been regenerated from their stems, some baby bok choy in a dish of water, and there is always a revolving cycle of ripening fruits. It always makes me happy during these grey winter months to watch everything bloom and grow but even happier still when we came across Back To The Roots Mushroom Growing Kit. I had seen it as an ad ages ago and thought that it was so cool but never really committed to ordering a box through their website. And then during my weekly trips to Whole Foods, right in the produce section between cut up fruit and fresh mushrooms, there it was…and I immediately bought two.
Back to the Roots is an organization that two gentlemen began out of their fraternity kitchen during their last semester at UC Berkeley four years ago. They had learned in a class lecture that you could grow mushrooms from coffee grounds and so started the experimentation process with just a big ole bucket. Their findings immediately gained notice from Whole Foods and Chez Panize and their school was so impressed by their initiative that they offered them a $5,000 grant to further their explorations. The mission was for anyone across the country to be able to grow their own gourmet mushrooms in their own homes. And by golly, it works! The boys and I started our mushroom kit a couple of weeks ago, and after misting the mushrooms with a supplied mini water bottle, in 10 days we had a substantial amount of oyster mushrooms grown and ready for harvesting.
These little mushroom boxes are fantastic for families, especially for kids and when you are finished growing mushrooms on the one side, you can flip the box over and start again on the other. We plan on starting our first vegetable garden this spring so these mushroom boxes have been a great start for them before we get into the garden. For the boys to be able to nourish and physically see the growing process is so exciting. Furthermore, the Back To The Roots company will donate a Mushroom Growing Kit to a classroom of your choice when you post a photo of your full grown mushrooms to their Facebook page. Please check them out at Back To The Roots to read about all of the good that they are doing and I know my local Whole Foods carries these adorable boxes, does yours?
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