This Mother’s Day Surprise Mom with an "Eat-Right & Feel-Good" Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit

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“Roses for love, chocolates for endorphins, shiitakes for joy and gladness.” That’s the word from The Mushroom Lady, Sandra Williams, of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm for Mother's Day: “We all know that foods can stimulate feelings, and shiitake mushrooms are right up there with the best of the feel-good functional foods.”

Mom will get good food, health benefits, and years of fun growing a living log and watching beautiful mushrooms open and unfold. Sandra Williams
Lost Creek Mushroom Farm

Lost Creek Mushroom Farm shiitake growers Sandra and Doug Williams make shiitake log kits.

“We wanted a way to share the huge gifts of log-grown shiitake mushrooms,” Doug explained, “and we live in a part of the country where exotic, organic foods did not sell well. The gift logs turned out to be the perfect way to share the shiitake experience.”

“It’s Mother’s Day,” Sandra said, “one of the best times to spread the joy.”

Lost Creek Mushroom Farm shiitake gift logs will produce organic shiitakes every two months for years, with increasingly larger yields as they mature. The kits include a hardwood log, instructions, and recipes. Logs 10” and larger are fully guaranteed to grow shiitakes. Prices range from $18-$95 and include shipping.

“Shiitakes have a fine, high energy and they are a way of dwelling in joy,” Sandra added. “Just like having flowers, crystals, music, and beautiful things around us can affect our well-being, simply having a shiitake log in our homes can lift and brighten the energy. Plus you get good food, health benefits, and the fun of growing a living log and watching beautiful mushrooms open and unfold.”

“They are a gourmet mushroom because of their flavor and versatility. Most grocery-store shiitakes are grown on sterilized sawdust. Shiitakes grown on logs are the highest quality, with the most delicious and intense flavor and the highest levels of nutritional and health benefits. Our chefs are amazed at the difference.”

Eating shiitakes regularly has scientifically proven health benefits. They stimulate and support the immune system, regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and reduce inflammation. “Most of the mushrooms we eat are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal,” Williams said, “and shiitakes are at the top of the heap of healing mushrooms.”

The second-most popular mushroom in the world, Williams thinks of shiitakes as having characteristics. “They are strong, yet gentle. They are healers not only for the body, but they contain substances that can alleviate grief, and they do it by stimulating feelings of joy. They satisfy our senses with their full flavor and their firm, meaty texture. They feel good in your mouth and they’re full of flavor and nutrition.”

Lost Creek Mushroom Farm shiitake logs grow indoors like plants or outdoors in shade. They require soaking in non-chlorinated water and will produce mushrooms for years. Kits start at $18 for a 6” ‘Shroomie. Lost Creek’s 10” kit sells for $40. The Original Tray Kit is $55, featuring a 14” log with its own tray for soaking and fruiting.

Kits with two logs will provide shiitakes every month or more than double a bi-monthly harvest. The Ma and Pa kit with two 10” logs sells for $50. The Best Buy is $95 for two 14” Original Tray Kits shipped to the same address. Prices include shipping and handling.

"The Best Buy really is a smart buy," Doug explained, "because people can save $10. I like to say, 'Give one away and keep one for yourself.'

Online purchases can be made at The number for phone orders and requests for free brochures is 1-800-792-0053. Kits are available at at slightly higher prices.

A portion of sales are donated to the Williams’ Mushrooms in Ghana Project and to The Voice of the Mushroom Foundation, dedicated to promoting education about the health benefits of mushrooms and promoting mushroom production worldwide.

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