organic mushrooms Shiitake
Die Edelpilzerei
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The project

Adopt two Mushroom blocks from "Die Edelpilzerei" in Coswig (Germany) and receive your harvest in the form of organic mushrooms Shiitake at home. The Farmer Jonathan will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt two Mushroom blocks from "Die Edelpilzerei" in Coswig (Germany) and receive your harvest in the form of organic mushrooms Shiitake at home. The Farmer Jonathan will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt two Mushroom blocks that we cultivate according to the European Organic Farming Standards (EEC No. 834/2007). We are certified through DE-ÖKO-006 since 2019. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your mushroom blocks. We reserve an exclusive shelf space in our cultivation room for you, where substrate blocks stand and fresh organic shiitake mushrooms grow. You will get the fresh shiitake carefully harvested in organic packaging delivered directly to your doorstep. The shiitake is a particularly delicate tasting gourmet mushroom with a fragrance slightly reminiscent of garlic and the taste quality umami. In East Asia it is also called the "king of mushrooms" and has been enjoyed for many centuries in the most diverse dishes. The name shiitake is derived from the Japanese words for mushroom (take) and the name of the Pasania tree (shii) on which it grows. The shiitake is therefore also called Pasaniamushroom. The traditional method of cultivating it on dead wood has been refined over time: In the "Edelpilzerei" our shiitakes are cultivated and thrive on so called mushroom blocks. You adopt a shiitake mushroom block, consisting of organic substrate i.e. a hardwood mixture, vegetable additives, water and grain brood. It has been inoculated with mycelium and was able to mature for about 3 months at 25°C, so that the substrate has mycelium growing through it and is just waiting to be fructified in our cultivation areas and produce delicious gourmet shiitakes. At 17°C and a humidity of 98% the manual harvest of a mushroom block is completed after about 2 weeks. In all our deliveries to you, our promise to you is: 1) We love mushrooms! In contrast to conventional cultivation, we offer you shiitake in organoleptic quality, i.e. every mushroom you get has been checked by expert hands before it ends up in your harvest box. 2) We not only love mushrooms, but also feel obliged to our environment. Therefore our production method is sustainable, 100% organic and without additives. The productive life of two Mushroom blocks is around 3 months, afterwards we replace it by two new ones. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. Two mushroom blocks from our farm produce an average of 14 kg each season. You do not have to commit to the consumption of the whole harvest. Each season you may decide what quantity to reserve and pay the maintenance in accordance with the amount you reserve. This way you will only pay for what you consume and we can plan and sell the remaining harvest amount to others.
What will you receive?
During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve on the moment of adoption. Shipping format: __organic Shiitake__ (1000 g, eco-friendly packaging) The aroma of shiitake is very similar to that of wild mushrooms with a distinct umami note. The smell of shiitake mushrooms is slightly garlic-like. All parts of the shiitake can be used. Due to the natural glutamate it contains, shiitake enhances the taste of other protein-containing foods. They are therefore ideal as a side dish steamed in oil or butter for eggs, meat and poultry, but also refine sauces, ragouts and soups. Wok dishes are also a snap for these delicacies from Asia. On the grill, shiitake is an aromatic and juicy addition or alternative to meat. The possibilities to enjoy shiitake are nearly endless and we are looking forward to see your top favourite recipes and photos! Shiitake can be stored at 2-7°C for about 8-10 days in the refrigerator. The mushrooms should be removed from the PAPERFLOC™ cooling bag and loosely wrapped in paper so that they can "breathe" better. All parts of the shiitake are usable. Due to its hygienic cultivation conditions and the guaranteed organic quality, shiitake mushrooms from the "Edelpilzerei" do not need to be washed. The fresh mushrooms are generally only produced upon order, freshly harvested and shipped cool and shock-protected. This is ensured by a sustainable PAPERFLOC™ cooling bag and, depending on the weather, one or two paper-based cold packs. The cooling bag consists of >95% recycled waste paper (cellulose) and can be disposed of as a whole in the paper waste. The cold packs can be reused if desired or disposed of in the residual waste.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date shipments begin. You can plan all the deliveries once you completed the adoption process. Our fine gourmet mushrooms grow all year round in a controlled atmosphere. For shelf space adoption, the shipping season runs from September to April. Within this period you can choose about 2 shipping dates each month. Since we do not keep our mushrooms in stock, but ship them freshly harvested, we need 14 days lead time for an order.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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Jonathan Schraml
Dear CrowdFarmer, my name is Jonathan Schraml and I am happy about your interest in mushrooms! I would like to tell you how I became a farmer for gourmet mushrooms. Due to various food intolerances, I can unfortunately hardly tolerate processed and conventionally produced food. Therefore, I started from an early age to eat consciously and to learn about the origin and production of my food. In my search for a healthy diet I came across cultivated mushrooms in my twenties. Besides working as a child educator at a special school, I started growing exotic mushrooms in my bathroom. The more time passed by, the more I got pulled into the topic. I became enthusiastic about the huge variety of mushrooms, which is largely unknown in Germany, the delicious aromas, the environmentally friendly production, but also the biology behind it. My first great love was the shiitake mushroom, which I not only find wonderfully aromatic, but also very stomach friendly. I immediately integrated the shiitake as a fixed component in my diet. I started spending more and more time with my mushroom experiments and increasingly supplied friends and relatives with exotic delicacies that were enthusiastically received. My friends Matthias and Philipp, whom I had infected with my love for mushrooms, were at that time in the process of reinventing themselves professionally and so we decided to turn our passion into a profession and to bring the gourmet varieties, which we had discovered in private, closer to other people. Matthias and I spent the first year converting the World War bunker that we had acquired into an efficient, sustainable and absolutely hygienic organic mushroom cultivation facility. Since this has been achieved and our mushrooms are finding an ever increasing market, our daily work has enormously diversified and, in addition to the administrative tasks, it's mainly characterised by physical labour. The introduction of fresh substrates, the spreading of used substrates, delivery journeys and the mushroom harvest in between are our main tasks besides the further development of our farm. Since the beginning of 2020 Philipp supports us in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service. Although all members of our team have very different professional backgrounds, we agree on the principles of our joint activities. We want to realize our ideal of value-based agriculture not naively but pragmatically. We are convinced that organic farming, social interaction, highest product quality, fair prices and economic success do not have to contradict each other. And we believe that in times of globally dwindling resources, sustainably cultivated mushrooms are an intelligent and tasty way to sensibly expand our diet. We are therefore very pleased to be able to offer our mushrooms via crowdfarming to quality-conscious customers who appreciate organic and sustainable cultivation.
Jonathan Schraml

" I have learned that a high quality and enjoyable diet is not a minor matter but the foundation of my physical and mental health. I believe that, over time, awareness of this will also become more widespread among many consumers and that we will invest more and more in the quality of our food. I am convinced that only an ecological method of production can guarantee true quality and that only a fair price will make sustainable business possible. I hope that in the future, mushrooms will be perceived more strongly for what they are: a nutritious, sustainable, ecological and delicious addition to any diet. I am happy that projects like CrowdFarming enable us all to become part of a new and more far-sighted food production chain: without detours directly from the responsible farmer to the responsible and critical consumer."

Die Edelpilzerei
Die Edelpilzerei
The "Edelpilzerei" was founded in 2018 as a joint project of the mushroom friends Jonathan and Matthias. After some years of growing mushrooms as hobbyists they turned their passion into their profession and founded a mushroom farm with a slightly different approach in an old bunker on a site in a city called "Coswig Anh)" between romantic Elbe meadows, mistletoe covered black locust trees and fallow industrial buildings. Since mushroom cultivation takes up most of their time, they have been supported in sales, marketing and customer service by their friend Philipp since the beginning of 2020. In contrast to classical large-scale enterprises, in the "Edelpilzerei" we are "simply closer to the mushroom", i.e. real mushroom enthusiasts, who personally supervise the entire production process and harvest the mushrooms by hand. Our declared goal is to grow gourmet mushrooms with a high nutritional value and outstanding aroma and offer them to health-conscious gourmets at a fair price. We know that the world of mushrooms has much more to offer than just button mushrooms and we see it as our mission to inspire our customers with traditional but in these parts of the world hardly known mushroom varieties. Due to their valuable ingredients, our mushrooms are ideal for a varied diet and are also a clever alternative to meat dishes. Apart from their advantages in terms of ingredients, our mushroom production is also protecting the environment with an extremely resource-saving production method: per KG cultivated mushroom we use only approx. 1.8 l of water on average for each variety. By way of comparison: while a kilogram of tomatoes requires an average of about 180 litres of water globally, and a kilogram of lettuce requires about 130 litres, a kilogram of avocados uses about 1,000 litres. Moreover, our organic mushrooms grow without any chemical additives. In order to come a little closer to our ideal of a sustainable recycling economy, we will in future use the waste substrate blocks on our compost to produce valuable heating energy that can be used for the next harvest.
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Technical information
Address
Die Edelpilzerei, Coswig, DE
Altitude
81m
Team
3 men
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
drip irrigation
Cultivated area
300 sqm
Location