Friday Freebie: BTTR Mushroom Garden

Friday, December 10, 2010

BTTR mushroom garden

Easy-to-Grow Mushroom Garden (Photo Credit: BTTR)

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?

Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez, BTTR mushrooms

Co-founders Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez (Photo Credit: BTTR)

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).

BTTR Mushroom Garden

Homegrown Mushrooms in 10 Days (Photo Credit: BTTR)

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!

21 Responses to “Friday Freebie: BTTR Mushroom Garden”

  1. Oh neat!! I tried growing one (not by this company) last year. I had a couple strange growths, but sadly no mushrooms!

  2. Jina says:

    i would grill them and make veggie tacos.

  3. Jenny says:

    Oh neat!  I saw something similar (but much more complicated) on a Martha Stewart segment to grow you own mushrooms.   But it involved buying big logs of special wood and somehow infiltrating it with the fungus. This seems much more doable!  I think I’d try some new stir fry recipes with them. Extra special since part would be homegrown!

  4. Amy says:

    Yum! I would bake them with leeks in wild rice.

  5. hua says:

    really inspiring story!

    i would make Lo Mei Fan (Chinese sticky rice with mushrooms and chinese sausage)

  6. Rhonda says:

    I would make a mushroom sauce over lobster ravioli. I heart mushrooms, what a cool way to grow them.

  7. Darcy B says:

    I love mushrooms I would make a mushroom omelette, mushroom pizza, mushroom sauce for my pasta and in my delicious quiche.

  8. rebecca says:

    What a cool gift idea and a great story.
    Hmm…I would saute the mushrooms with garlic, then add freshly chopped tomatoes and red wine. Reduce for a few minutes, toss in some fresh basil and stir in your cooked pasta. yum.

  9. Kelly says:

    Cool concept. Like a chia pet, but actually useful.

  10. casey says:

    I would love to win this! If I won I would use the mushrooms to make Chicken Marsala! :)

  11. Debi says:

    Carmelized mushroom and onion soup with big cheesy crouton on top! Yummmmm

  12. dine says:

    I would grow chives and bell peppers. I can make stuffed bell peppers or mushroom crostini.

  13. i would make mushroom risotto for my family’s xmas dinner!! love this idea, thanks

  14. Amy says:

    I would make either stir-fry or saute the mushrooms and put over a nice steak!

  15. Anne Marie Leahey says:

    I would definitely make plenty of homemade soup! People are intimidated by soups but they are extremely easy and fun. I love inventing new soups with whatever I have on hand, and love that I can keep it very healthy. Mushrooms pretty much show up in all my soups, so this is great!

  16. momgateway says:

    I’d wrap them in banana leaves, season with garlic, salt and pepper then place the packets on the grill for the best mushroom dish!

  17. Dana says:

    wow! this sounds fun. I am definitely going to try this one.
    Happy holidays!

  18. Coryeats says:

    Sounds delish. Do you have grow them in a dark cool area?

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