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Whatcom Pantry: Cascadia Mushrooms sells exotic, wild mushrooms and kits

Alex Winstead started Cascadia Mushrooms in 2005. The business sells exotic, wild and medicinal mushrooms, plus compost and grow kits.
Alex Winstead started Cascadia Mushrooms in 2005. The business sells exotic, wild and medicinal mushrooms, plus compost and grow kits. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

What does Cascadia Mushrooms sell? Cascadia sells organic specialty mushroom products, including such exotic varieties as shiitake, oyster, pioppino and Lion’s Mane, and wild mushrooms in season, including chanterelles and lobsters.

Cascadia also sells mushroom-growing kits, so people can dabble in the art of mushroom cultivation without prior experience or special equipment. Each ready-to-grow kit produces a few crops of gourmet mushrooms over two to three months. The kits only require a room-temperature environment, indirect lighting and a misting twice a day with fresh water.

Cascadia also sells spent-mushroom compost for gardens and dried medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi.

Why mushrooms? For the planet, mushrooms and fungi decompose organic matter, making nutrients available to other plants. For people, mushroom are delicious food packed with vitamin D, immunity enhancers and healthy protein.

Where can I find them? Cascadia’s fresh mushrooms are available at several locations, including Bellingham Farmers Market, Community Food Co-op, Terra Organica & Natural Foods, and more than a dozen local restaurants, including Mount Bakery, D’Anna’s Cafe Italiano, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Cliff House, and Rock and Rye Oyster House.

Grow kits are available at Bellingham Farmers Market, Community Food Co-op, and the company website, cascadiamushrooms.com. Mushroom compost and dried medicinal mushrooms are available at the Farmers Market and the website.

Coming up: Cascadia will celebrate its 10th anniversary with tours and special offerings during the Whatcom County Farm Tour Sept. 12. Mushroom-growing workshops are held each spring and fall, with tickets at the Farmers Market booth and the website. Details: 360-714-8859.

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