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Our " Ready to Grow" kits sold in our retail store are now available online! Midwest Organics ready to grow Kits are the easy way to enjoy delicious mushrooms and their health benefits. Our 5 pound grow kits use a proprietary mix of hardwood & grain spawn. Using only first generation mycelium, our colonized bags produce around 2.5-3 pounds of mushrooms. Easy to use, just cut and mist or place the bag in a clear tote along with a small amount of water and mist daily. These kits also do great in our Ecosphere systems!

Includes:

  • 5 pound colonized spawn bag of your choice
  • Ultra-fine pump mister
  • We provide easy detailed instructions for each variety, with two different growing methods.

Current Inventory:

  • Lion's Mane
  • Antler Reishi
  • Blue Oyster
  • Pink Oyster (Out of Stock)
  • Chestnut (Out of Stock)
  • Black King Oyster
  • Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
  • Shiitake
  • Enoki
  • Yellow/Golden Oyster
  • Maitake - Hen of the Woods
  • White Beech (Out of Stock)
  • Brown Beech 

We apologize for the low inventory, we had a very busy day at the Farmer's Market! We have more of all the varieties coming very soon. Please check back the week of July 26th.

We can grow almost any variety upon request. If its able to be cultivated indoors we can grow it within 2-3 weeks! Email us with any special requests. (Minimum order of 10 for any special projects)

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    (Rare and Hard to Find Varieties!)  Our " Ready to Grow" kits currently sold in our retail store are now available online! Midwest Organics ready to grow mushroom Kits are the fast and easy way to enjoy delicious mushrooms and their health benefits. Our 5 pound grow kits use a proprietary mix of hardwood & grain spawn. Using only first generation mycelium, our colonized bags produce around 2.5-3 pounds of mushrooms. Easy to use, just cut and mist or place the bag in a clear tote along with a small amount of water and mist daily.

    Includes:

    • 5 pound colonized spawn bag of your choice
    • Ultra-fine pump mister
    • Simple Instructions

    Current Inventory:

    • Lion's Mane
    • Antler Reishi
    • Blue Oyster
    • Pink Oyster (Out of Stock)
    • Chestnut (Out of Stock)
    • Black King Oyster
    • Shiitake
    • Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
    • Enoki
    • Yellow/Golden Oyster
    • Maitake - Hen of the Woods
    • White Beech (Out of Stock)
    • Brown Beech

    We apologize for the low inventory, we had a very busy day at the Farmer's Market! We have more of all the varieties coming very soon. Please check back the week of July 26th.

    We can grow almost any variety upon request. If its able to be

    cultivated indoors we can grow it within 2-3 weeks! Email us with any

    special requests. (Minimum order of 10 for any special projects)

    Health Benefits of Mushrooms

    Lion's Mane

    Lion’s mane mushrooms are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. Lion’s mane mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. Their extracts often used in over-the-counter health supplements. Many describe their flavor as “seafood-like,” often comparing it to crab or lobster.
    Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut. Recent studies have shown many health benefits including protection against:

    • Dementia
    • Alzheimer's
    • Relieve depression and anxiety
    • Protect against ulcers
    • Reduce heart attack risk
    • Help manage diabetes symptoms
    • Fights many types of cancers and reduces inflammation in the body.

    Oyster Mushrooms

    Pink oyster are a tropical species of mushroom and grow best in warm humid weather. Yellow are a strain from asia and have high levels of beta carotine. Blue oyster are found in many forests throughout North America.

    Oyster mushrooms contain a number of substances thought to influence health. These substances include dietary fiber, beta-glucan, and several other polysaccharides—a class of carbohydrates found to affect immune function. Scientific studies on the health benefits of oyster mushrooms are emerging. Research has examined the potential benefits of this fungus.

    • A 2019 study found evidence that the dietary fiber component of oyster mushrooms may be useful in reducing triglyceride accumulation in the liver.
    • Promotes Heart Health- Research has indicated that whole foods with fiber, such as mushrooms, provide several health effects with few calories making them a smart choice for a healthy eating pattern. Several studies have associated a higher intake of fiber with better heart health.
    • Supports Better Immune Function. Oyster mushrooms may enhance immune function, according to a small study published in 2016.6 For the study, participants ingested an oyster mushroom extract for eight weeks. At the study's end, researchers found evidence that the extract may have immune-enhancing effects.
    • May Reduce Risk of Cancer. Some preliminary research indicates that oyster mushrooms may possess cancer-fighting properties.7 A 2018 study demonstrated that an oyster mushroom extract may suppress the growth and spread of breast cancer and colon cancer in human cells. Research is ongoing with scientists suggesting that more studies are needed to fully understand the relationship.
    • Improves Metabolic Health. Consuming a diet that includes plenty of fiber-rich vegetables is often recommended by health professionals as a method to reach and maintain a healthy weight. But mushrooms may offer an additional benefit to help you maintain better metabolic health. One published study examined the effects of edible mushrooms on obesity. Researchers concluded that "regular consumption of mushrooms is effective in the treatment of metabolic syndrome, including obesity." They advised, however, that the practice needs to be combined with regular physical exercise, as well as dietary and lifestyle alterations.


    Reishi Mushrooms

    The reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidum and lingzhi, is a fungus that grows in various hot and humid locations in Asia. For many years, this fungus has been a staple in Eastern medicine. Within the mushroom, there are several molecules, including triterpenoids, polysaccharides and peptidoglycans, that may be responsible for its health effects. While the mushrooms themselves can be eaten fresh, it is also common to use powdered forms of the mushroom or extracts that contain these specific molecules. These different forms have been tested in cell, animal and human studies.

    • Boost the Immune system- One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system (4Trusted Source). While some details are still uncertain, test-tube studies have shown that reishi can affect the genes in white blood cells, which are critical parts of your immune system. What’s more, these studies have found that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells (5Trusted Source).
    • Fights cancer- Research in cancer patients has shown that some of the molecules found in the mushroom can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells. Natural killer cells fight infections and cancer in the body. Another study found that reishi can increase the number of other white blood cells (lymphocytes) in those with colorectal cancer (2Trusted Source).
    • Fights depression and fatigue- Reishi’s effects on the immune system are often most emphasized, but it has other potential advantages as well. These include reduced fatigue and depression, as well as improved quality of life. One study examined its effects in 132 people with neurasthenia, a poorly defined condition associated with aches, pains, dizziness, headaches and irritability. The researchers found that fatigue was reduced and well-being was improved after 8 weeks of taking the supplements. Another study found that fatigue was reduced and quality of life was improved after 4 weeks of taking reishi powder in a group of 48 breast cancer survivors (25Trusted Source). What’s more, the people in the study also experienced less anxiety and depression.
    • Blood Sugar control- Several studies have indicated that molecules found in the reishi mushroom can decrease blood sugar in animals. Some preliminary research in humans reported similar findings. However, the majority of research has not supported this benefit. After evaluating hundreds of participants, researchers found no benefits for fasting blood sugar. Mixed results were seen for blood sugar after meals. In some cases, reishi mushroom lowered blood sugar. More studies are currently ongoing.
    Overall Customer Rating of 13 Reviews:
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    Huge flushes of blue oyster!

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    I ordered the blue Oyster and black king. So far, I just grew the blue oyster and I got over a pound in my first flush! I’ve never grown mushrooms before and I was very delighted by the results! I made tacos out of them and my husband loved them. For a 5lb kit, the price is cheaper than the ones on Amazon

    Great Maitake Growth!!

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    I've tried to find a Maitake kit before and the last vendor from ETSY sent me a sub-par kit and did not produce a single mushroom. I followed the instructions they inlcuded and used Method 1 and worked like a charm! Took longer than I initially expected, but after doing more reading on Hen of the woods, thats normal. I now have some pretty spectacular mushrooms!

    Maitakes!

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    I just received this kit from midwest. It's the only one I've seen really that you can grow maitakes with. They were nice enough to send along a spray bottle included, and two different versions of directions. I'm going to try the more complicated one because it seems to suggest that you will get more mushrooms that way. Needless to say I'm very excited, and I will come back and update my review once I have some maitakes sauteed in butter, lol.

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    Blue Oysters Kit

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    I used both methods combined with amazing success! Just place the box inside a tote with some water and cut the holes and within a week I had GIANT mushroom clusters, this is my 3rd set of holes and keeps producing!!

    WI

    Black King Oysters

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    Pros:
    • Easy and quick
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    • none
    1st flush came quick! Happy with the product!

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