This homegrown Mushroom Garden kit from BTTR caught my fancy so much I featured it in this year’s Foodie Gift Guide.Edible mushroom science experiment in a box. A sure crowd pleaser. (Not unlike this other gift in a box). OK, maybe not quite as sensational. But still really fun. What really sells this gift item though is the inspiring story behind it. Two young entrepreneurs who gave up corporate jobs to create an eco-conscious, 100% sustainable urban mushroom farm in Berkeley which diverts, oh, 10,000 pounds of used coffee grounds from Peet’s Coffee & Tea per week. This massive amount of would-be waste is then used to produce 500 pounds of fresh oyster mushrooms per week. After the mushrooms have gone through about 4 harvest cycles, the remaining roots turn the grounds into nutrient-rich compost, which is then donated to 10 urban school and community gardens. Pretty phenomenal, huh?
BTTR now brings their urban farming concept into your kitchen with their Easy-to-Grow Mushroom Garden ($19.95). Just open the box, mist it twice a day, and harvest up to 1 pound of oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days (you’ll get as many as four crops out of one box). *DEAL ALERT* Use the code: LICKMYSPOON and receive 20% off through 12/31. (And, through December, 5% of sales will be donated to support breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation). To win, this Mushroom Garden, leave a comment here telling me: What would you make with your homegrown mushrooms? Giveaway deadline is Thursday 12/16, 11:59 pm PST. (Contest is open to US residents only.) Disclosure: This giveaway was made possible via free sample and giveaway donation by BTTR. Update: Congrats to Rhonda, winner of our BTTR Mushroom Garden Giveaway!