Plus, of course, it's a great gardening and diy project, so I'm growing more! I have a log inoculated with oyster mushroom spawn that's slowly developing in the corner of my bedroom, and I know bunches of you are interested in doing a mushroom log day, and I'm hoping to find a source for freshly cut logs to do that this spring sometime. (If anyone knows of such a source around Boston, let me know.)
In the meantime, FP sells the tools to go even more diy, where you develop your own substrate, which is even more awesome, so I have some oyster cakes that I started myself! These are awesome and satisfying. Possibly even more awesome and satisfying, though, is a happy accident that came about because I don't know what I'm doing, and I put the cakes on some paper towels and then put the towels on damp vermiculite, and then I thought the cakes were getting too wet, so I changed everything out and blah blah blah... but what do I do with these paper towels that have mushroom mycelium growing on them? I can't just throw them out! So I stuck them in a take-out soup container and forgot about them for a couple of weeks, until a couple of days ago, I glanced at the container and noticed that a mushroom had pushed the lid up and off and was growing out of the mass of paper towels!
Dude, I grew mushrooms from paper towels! This is completely completely great.