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Gourmet Mushrooms Inc / Mycopia
Growing eight varieties of organic, specialty mushrooms for fine restaurants and kitchens across the country.
Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. grows more varieties of organic culinary and nutraceutical mushrooms than any farm in America. We grow and ship seven varieties of organic specialty mushrooms under our Mycopia brand to America's finest restaurants, specialty food wholesalers and gourmet grocers. Our mycelial biomass and tinctures are valued for nutraceutical compounding by manufacturers worldwide.
Unlike white button, crimini, and portabella, our culinary mushrooms are not grown on a manure based ‘substrate’ but rather on agricultural byproducts, such as corncob and oak shavings; utilizing materials that might otherwise be wasted. Once the mushrooms are harvested, this substrate is sold to local vineyards and farms as a rich supplement for their compost. I
n 2013 we reached production capacity at our farm in Sebastopol, California and expanded to a second facility in Michigan to better serve our customers in the eastern part of the country. This will serve the added benefit of reducing our transportation carbon footprint.
We continue to investigate ways of further expanding our sustainability efforts with possibilities including; building a greenhouse to utilize C02 generated by the developing mushrooms, utilizing the energy of steam and heat released after substrate sterilization, and increasing energy efficiencies.
Upcycling of agricultural byproducts into mushroom substrate to produce delicious and nutritious food. Additionally, our spent mushroom substrate is sold to vineyards and farms for compost, adding yet another level of use of materials.
Finding sustainable packaging that will meet the necessary requirements for our mushrooms.