Farmer’s Market Vendor Highlights return this week with a newcomer to the Green Bay Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market, Shiitake Creek Mushroom Company. As some of my readers know, I get a lot of my mushrooms now through our friends at Produce with Purpose at Revoluton Market-- but sometimes I forget to set up my build a box delivery or I don’t get to the west side. So, I’ve got to stock up at the market. Shiitake Creek is another option on the strip in the morning for mushroom eaters out there.
Just take a look at that variety. Until that morning, I had never seen a pink oyster mushroom with my own eyes. I knew they existed, but other growers that I’ve purchased from in the past never had them when I was able to make a pit stop at their booths. It was those pink oysters that made me stop that morning when I normally keep moving on past the first few booths from Walnut Street.
Every single visit since the first one I described above has introduced me to a new variety of cultivated mushroom, and here I thought I was serious in my mushroom game. Not like these great people. They've since become a weekly stop for me to learn about new mushrooms and varieties of the more common ones we see in most stores and stands. They’re a good source of chanterelles while the summer season is on as well.
You can also visit them at their farm Aurora, WI if you feel like making the drive out of town during the week. They offer so much on site that it may be worth it for the day trip for foodies like myself and my readers. You can purchase a guided wild mushroom foray on their website to take you out into the woods surrounding the farm to do your own hunting with professionals, and they keep a shop open as well.
They’re working very hard to open Northern Wisconsin’s eyes to the glorious world of mushrooms, and I’m so thankful for their addition to the Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market this year. You guys keep cooking interesting!