what is Cherry Tree House Mushrooms?

Jeremy McAdams launched Cherry Tree House Mushrooms in 2009, a mushroom farm that provides log-grown mushrooms to the Twin Cities.  CTHM started in many residential yards in south Minneapolis but has recently moved to a new farm in Clayton, WI.  See the Our new farm tab and farm tab for details.

Logs used by CTHM for cultivation are sustainably-harvested nearby, our mushrooms are certified organic, and our mushroom foods use primarily certified organic ingredients.

Why logs?  There are many ways that mushrooms grow, from button (agaricus) mushrooms on compost to shiitake on logs to morels, which grow on woody soil.  I use logs to grow mushrooms since we have fairly abundant sources of trees in Minnesota, logs produce high quality mushrooms, and because they don’t require the high input of energy required in many mushroom operations to sterilize compost, straw, or the other products used to cultivate mushrooms.  With fuel resources becoming more and more scarce, I believe mushroom cultivation like this or foraging are the most sustainable.  I have more about this on the mission to do no harm tab.

CTHM sells its high quality shiitake and other culinary and medicinal mushrooms to Twin Cities groceries such as the Seward Co-op and restaurants such as the Birchwood Cafe.  We also now sell shiitake through Co-op Partners Warehouse, who sells them throughout the upper midwest.  Jeremy also sells dried mushrooms and log kits at farmers markets and log kits through Egg|Plant in St. Paul.  Finally, he also gives mushroom cultivation workshops, whose dates are published on the calender under the workshops tab.  You can also take a look at the mushroom cultivation tab, which gives some pointers on cultivation for the beginner.

Thanks for your interest in high quality organic mushrooms!

Jeremy McAdams
Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, LLC

12 thoughts on “what is Cherry Tree House Mushrooms?

  1. That’d be great! Let me know when y’all are available and I’ll put you to work. I should have team work as soon as the second week of February.

  2. Hi, I am stoked that you are doing your thing around here, and hope to take your class May 4th…
    I am starting a Pirate-themed cookie company to be based primarily in Minneapolis…who knows…a mushroom cookie is a possibility!

    • I would try adding powdered reishi mushrooms in a cookie, since they are such a healthful mushroom, and there is certainly precedent for reishi and chocolate together. I don’t have any growing yet, but I hope to have some by the fall.

      • I just made some reishi brownies with powdered reishi. You can’t really taste the reishi, but they have all the great benefits of the mushroom! I put it in hot cocoa too.

  3. Just received a log for Mother’s Day and soaked it with Plymouth city water from my hose which I assume is chlorinated. Does that mean it will NOT produce mushrooms?? I am excited to try this again. Did it a number of years ago at Eagle Bluff ELC in Lanesboro, MN area.

    • Chorinated water can inhibit mushroom growth, but I’ve successfully soaked and grown mushrooms in Minneapolis – which uses some chlorine in its water. I don’t know how Lanesboro water is different from Minneapolis’, but I’d say you have a fair chance. Good luck!

  4. Dear Mr. McAdams,

    My name is Tomonori Ebisawa from Japan. I have been living in the U.S. for over 20 years. Recently I watched a Japanese TV show inviting you to Japan. I’m quite impressed by your passion toward Shiitake mushrooms!! I have been looking for REAL Shiitake mushrooms grew on the real wooden logs!! My grandmother used to take me to her Shiitake farm and fed me the real Shiitake when I was a child. Your Shiitake mushrooms make me feel so nostalgic!!

    I just saw your dried Shiitake mushrooms. Impressive, Sir!! Do you sell only one size? I’m wondering if you are selling a larger size? If so, would you tell me the price for a larger bag?

    It’s getting much cooler here in Florida. I miss any Japanese Nabemono dinner with Shiitake!!

    Sincerely,
    Tomonori Ebisawa

    • Thanks so much for your comment and question. We do sell dried mushrooms in larger packages, but in general we don’t ship orders. I’ll let you know if we change that policy, or if we can make an exception. At this point our price is $5 per ounce – for pickup at the farmers market. best, Jeremy

      • Thank you very much!! That’s truly awesome!! If you are going to change your shipping policy, please let me know how to make a payment such as Credit card, PayPal or maybe Money Order? I have talked to my children about your REAL Shiitake mushrooms!! They are quite excited as I am. I am truly glad that you could visit Japan and met the legend of Shiitake in Ooita Prefecture.

        Sincerely,
        Tomonori Ebisawa

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