Magic from Mycoterra

Shiitake mushrooms are gobbled up in cuisines around the world and are valued for their depth of flavor and versatility. In their natural environment, Shiitake grow in groups on the decaying wood of deciduous trees, such as chestnut, oak, maple, beech, Its natural distribution includes warm and moist climates in southeast Asia.

These 'shrooms come from Julie Coffey at Mycoterra Farm in Western Mass.  Julia travels the world learned about mushrooms and the most ecologically friendly and responsible ways to grow them. She once contacted us while on a truffle tour of Italy. Swoon. 

Julia has a deep respect and love for her product. You can catch a glimpse of her here.  There is also an abiding sense of responsibility to the planet engrained in her work. She says "We grow more than just mushrooms.  We strive to leave the planet better than we found it."

We love the mission, we love the mushrooms and we love sharing her love with you.



WHAT'S IN THE BAG?

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein
 - Salmon from Red's Best ; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Salmon from Red's Best ; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Protein -  Fresh Mozzarella and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins - Salmon from Red's Best ; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Shiitake Mushrooms from Mycoterra; Blueberries and Lettuce from Busa Farms; Red Potatoes from Brookford Farm
Grain - Bagels from Iggy's Bread
Special Treat - Vegan, Gluten Free treats from Girlfriend Baking


WHOLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Salmon from Red's Best ; Steak from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs and Fresh Mozzarella from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Salmon and Pollock from Red's Best ; Eggs and Fresh Mozzarella from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Protein - Vegan Meat from Plant Deli; Fresh Mozzarella and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins -  Salmon from Red's Best ; Steak from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Shiitake Mushrooms from Mycoterra; Tomatoes, Green Beans*, Blueberries and Lettuce from Busa Farms; Red Potatoes from Brookford Farm
Grain - Bagels from Iggy's Bread
Special Treat - Vegan, Gluten Free treats from Girlfriend Baking

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Salmon from Red's Best; Steak and Ground Sausage from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs and Fresh Mozzarella from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies -  Shiitake Mushrooms from Mycoterra; Peaches, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Green Beans*, Blueberries and Lettuce from Busa Farms; Red Potatoes from Brookford Farm
Grain - Bagels from Iggy's Bread
Special Treat - Vegan, Gluten Free treats from Girlfriend Baking and Croissant from Iggy's Bread

* Green Beans were substituted in for Swiss Chard from Busa Farms this week.  With all of the rain, the Chard was a little water logged and needed more time to dry out.  Hope you enjoyed the beans!



RECIPES

Salmon and Shiitake Mushrooms: The photo of this salmon had me drooling awkwardly at my desk as I stared at it for just a little too long. You can fudge some of this, skip the mushroom syrup for example, unless you have buckets of it just hanging around your house. The left over salmon would go great on a bagel. Maybe you have some quark left over for a schmear?

Mushroom and Fresh Mozzarella Toast: Why not do it on a bagel and top with some basil and Maldon Salt? Glorious.

Grilled Mushroom and Potato Packets: If you're lighting up the grill for some steaks, make a few of these roasted veggie packs to go along for the ride.  Add any onions or garlic you have kicking around. The mushrooms won't mind. They're a welcoming bunch.

Mushroom Buddha Bowl: This is perfectly healthy and delicious. But we're still gonna try to make it with a pound of butter and some melted cheese.

Blueberry Gin and Tonics: Did someone say gin and tonic? Oh heck, yes.


TIPS AND TRICKS

Keeping the Shrooms Happy:

We have shared this before but want to gently remind you about how to nuzzle your mushrooms up in the fridge and keep them happy.  We are reminded to keep fresh mushrooms in a paper bag or in a damp cloth bag in the refrigerator. This lets them breathe and keeps the flesh of the mushroom firm. Avoid storing in a sealed plastic bag. No one likes a wimpy, soggy shroom.