BY JILL LIGHTNER
Hunting mushrooms is thrilling (if you get lucky), buying mushrooms can reach exorbitant prices as soon as you reach past the bin of plain white buttons. There’s an entertaining (and humid) middle ground: growing your own.
Mushrooms need very little attention, and can be grown indoors or outside. A specialty company in Olympia has put together simple kits that grow a single species—shiitake is the most popular, while the oyster kit can be started in recycled newspapers or coffee grounds. A standard indoor kit can provide up to six months of regular harvests.
Coming up on its 30th year in business, Fungi Perfecti is certified organic by the WSDA and the European Organic Verification Program.