Thursday, July 21, 2011

Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit Giveaway

From the bean of Green Bean.


Back in May, I discovered what I was sure were morel mushrooms in my backyard.  I spent two days photographing them, researching them, examining them, and asking everyone on the Internet whether they were indeed morels or false morels.  In the end, I left the potentially scrumptious mushrooms to rot because I wasn't quite sure.

It got me thinking, though.  What if I grew mushrooms in my own backyard?  Why not! I've got everything else growing here.  Why not mushrooms that I'm not afraid to eat?

I started researching and, coincidentally, Northwest Edible Life posted a giveaway for a Back to the Roots Oyster Mushroom Kit.  A what?

Turns out it was a groovy little cardboard box stuffed with recycled Peet's Coffee coffee grounds (Hellllo, ultimate reuse!  Love it!) and mushroom spores.  All you have to do is soak the plastic bag of grounds and baby mushrooms in water for 24 hours and then mist it twice a day with the provided mister and, ta da!  Mushrooms grown in your own property that are safe to eat!

I entered the giveaway all three times and promptly forgot about winning anything.  A couple days later, shopping at Whole Foods, I spotted the mushroom kit and tossed it in the cart.  I mean, I wasn't winning any giveaways but that looked like a really cool kit!

I get home, check my fav blogs and low and behold, I won it!  Now I've got two mushroom kits.  Score!

How were they?  Very very cool and as easy as can be.  The shrooms grew by leaps and bounds.  Every morning the kids would ooh and ahh and, frankly, I did too!  Plus, are they grew the looked like some sort of really cool modern art structure.

I harvested them about 10 days after I started the whole process. We devoured them shortly after in my favorite mushroom recipe - summer soup - and I promptly soaked them again so we can harvest from the other side.  Pizza next time!

Want to have your own groovy mushroom patch in your house?  BTTR has offered to give one lucky reader their own kit.  There are three ways to win and you can use all three of them:

1) Like BTTR on their Facebook page and leave a comment here letting me know.  If you already "like" them, cool.  Just leave a comment.

2) Follow BTTR on Twitter and leave a comment here, reporting in.

3) Visit BTTR's website and then leave a comment here indicating something that you learned about mushrooms or their company.

Let the 'shrooms begin!

*BTW, post a photo of your grown mushroom kit on their Facebook page and BTTR will send a sustainability curriculum and donate a kit to an elementary school of your choice!

* All entries must be in by Wednesday, July 27th at midnight.  Giveaway winner notified on Friday, 
July 29. 

* Disclosure: I purchased a kit with my own money and won a kit from another blog.  I offered to do a giveaway for their product and reviewed my kit as part of the giveaway.  I've not received anything other than the kit I won from BTTR. 

46 comments:

Sara said...

"liked" on FB...Great review! A mushroom kit is one thing that has been on my want-to-try list for quite a long time!

Sara said...

*followed on twitter, too! Love the idea of reusing coffee grounds.

Robbie said...

OK I love the fact they reuse coffee grounds with this. And that they donate to schools! This would be great - have wanted to do for a long time.

Robbie said...

Following on Twitter too.

Jessie said...

What a fantastic idea! I think my 2 year old and myself would have fun growing mushrooms! It is nice to know that all those coffee grounds are going to good use too!

Stephanie said...

I liked them on fb.

Stephanie said...

Visited their website and impressed they are on track to reuse 1 million pounds of coffee grounds.

Lydia said...

I liked on facebook!

Lydia said...

I visited the BTTR website, and I can't believe how easy it is to grow mushrooms! And I love that the growing medium is 100% recycled. I would love to win and kit, and think my kids would love watching them grow, especially since it only takes 10 days to harvest.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this is just an awesome idea!! I think it would be so much fun to grow your own mushrooms!!

noteasytobegreen said...

Following Back to the Roots on Twitter @noteasy2begreen. I love the idea of growing my own mushrooms! I wish I'd been there when you asked about the morels. I have lots of mushroom guides I could have consulted. :-)

noteasytobegreen said...

Visited the website and learned that they are on track to divert 1 million pounds of coffee grounds from the dump! Awesome way to reuse.

noteasytobegreen said...

Liked BTTR on FB.

Robj98168 said...

Not an Entry- I already have mushroom kits... But want to say how much I love my BTTR Mushroom Kit... So simple a child co do it. Consider me a big fan of BTTR

Anonymous said...

"liked" on FB. would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

barbara (in Tennessee)

Valerie said...

I "liked" on fb...joined and confirmed for their newsletter and is now following on twitter. I want one!!!! I love fungi :)

notherethenwhere said...

I've liked on Facebook.

notherethenwhere said...

And I've followed on twitter...

notherethenwhere said...

I'm really impressed with their commitment to sustainability, but also to creating local jobs as well. This is the kind of company I can get behind.

Elizabeth said...

I want to make the tofu-asparagus-mushroom recipe but asparagus is done in my garden and I have an abundance of green beans. So will substitute. I would love to win a kit. I have to rewatch the video at home...my work computer does not have speakers so I couldn't really follow the interview they were giving.

contessa20 said...

Liked on FB.

contessa20 said...

Following on Twitter!

contessa20 said...

Checked out their website. I did not know you could grow mushrooms in used coffee grounds. Very cool.

AngieSC said...

liked on FB- What an awesome kit!

Kristin said...

I liked them on FB when NWE had her giveaway!!

Kristin said...

Visited the site...they are trying to divert over 1 million lbs of coffee grounds from landfills...how awesome!

Carys said...

i've just clicked to follow them on twitter.

Carys said...

and now i've "liked" them on fb.

Carys said...

wow, very cool that they plan to recycle a millions pounds of coffee grounds this year!

esp said...

I follow them on Twitter and FB...thanks for the great review! I'd love to start with a mushroom kit and then eventually work up to an outdoor mushroom bed...

Catcoco said...

I like BTTR on Facebook... and I would love to win one of their kits.

Chris K. said...

Liked on fb, following on Twitter (I'm @mamathrifty), and I think that is cool that they'll give you a replacement bag or donate a kit to a school of your choice for posting a picture of the growing kit on fb. I thought it was also cool that they're on pace to have reused a million lbs of coffee grounds, but several others have already mentioned that. lol

JessicaH said...

Just clicked "like" on facebook...how cool for teaching kids (and ourselves) about mushrooms and other great growing things!

Banannawee said...

I liked on FB and just followed on Twitter! I hope I win, I'd love to share the mushroom growing with my cousin!

Sue D said...

I learned that the kits grow up to 1 1/2 lbs of oyster mushrooms in about 10 days on recycled coffee grounds.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Irene said...

Liked on comment and following on twitter too!

Melisa said...

I liked them on FB! How cool is that that if you post a picture of your mushrooms, you can get another bag to grow more or you can have it donated to a school?!?! AWESOME! I wish more variaties were available! I loveeee mushrooms!!! <3

Dollwood Farms said...

I liked them on FB (bobbi Doll Dougherty)

Dollwood Farms said...

I follow them on twitter

Dollwood Farms said...

I like that they will donate to schools if you place a picture of your mushrooms on a fb page. And the coffee ground part too. :)

Carol said...

I like bttr on facebook

CarolM said...

I like the fact that they are growing their mushrooms in a recycled medium

Journey11 said...

I think it's neat that they can grow them in a box! I always thought you had to innoculate a stump or something. I hope they'll add some more varieties of mushrooms in the future. That is a really good price on the kit! We hunt oyster mushrooms and some others, but they can be very elusive. It would be nice to just grow some instead. :)

Cheryl said...

I like BTTR on Facebook (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom).

Cheryl said...

I follow BTTR on Twitter @HeartnSoulmom.

Cheryl said...

From the BTTR site, I learned their values motto is:
Hustle. Passion. Family. Universal Happiness

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