John's Thoughts

  • Growing mushrooms indoors: Incubation and grow rooms

    Have you ever felt less productive on a scorching hot summer’s day? The mycelium in our growing medium sure has. As temperatures in the Ottawa ...
  • Growing mushrooms indoors: Adding spawn

    In the second article of this series, the mushroom substrate goes from inside the sterilizer to in front of the laminar flow hood, awaiting the precious mushroom spawn.
  • JCB Gourmet Mushrooms, Deep Roots save van-loads of growing fungi

    Moving growing blocks to an insulated root cellar prevented the fungi from spoiling in an overheated incubation room. Each block can grow about one to two pounds of mushrooms.
  • Grow kit difficulty levels represent time, steps, and flexibility

    You can now choose which mushrooms you want to grow depending on the challenge you desire. Our difficulty levels are based on the growing time, the steps to follow, and how flexible mushrooms are to different conditions.
  • Growing mushrooms indoors: The grow mix

    The types of mushrooms we grow mostly decompose hardwood trees in the wilderness, such as oak, maple, and beech trees for example. We try to replicate that environment indoors with our grow mixes, known as substrate.
  • Choose your chestnut: Popularity of "Chestnut" shows importance of scientific names

    At JCB Gourmet Mushrooms, we grow the Chestnut mushroom and the Chestnut mushroom. The scientific names should clarify any confusion around the popularity of the chestnut in common mushroom names.
  • Saprophytic mushrooms decompose dead wood and minerals for good

    It is common to notice mushrooms growing on dead and fallen trees. As ancient oak trees that stood tall through the tests of time begin to decay for example, mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms or the Lions Mane mushroom, fruit out of the wood, breaking down the tree for food. Those are saprophytic mushrooms.
  • Journey through the mushroom life cycle

    Let’s take a journey through the mushroom’s life cycle, shall we?
  • Mushroom grow kits engage children in a fun learning opportunity

    Mushroom grow kits can be more than a way to grow healthy food for meals. They can also be a fun way to help children learn more about topics in school, such as decomposers.
  • Oyster and shiitake mushrooms add savoury umami to meals

    The five basic tastes for humans are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms will help you become more familiar with t...
  • Grow kits spruce up meals, rooms, and pastimes

    When you’re staying home and safe right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, a casual hobby can keep things interesting. Fortunately, we have kits so ...
  • Mushroom compost from grow kits enhances soil and plant growth

    Spring has sprung. Gardeners everywhere are beginning to plant their seeds for the warmer weather. Mushroom compost from our grow kits could help t...