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Cherry Tree House Mushrooms needs your help to bring more local mushrooms to the Twin Cities – by building a shiitake fruiting house! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 30, 2014.

Cherry Tree House Mushrooms needs your help to bring more local mushrooms to the Twin Cities – by building a shiitake fruiting house!

Ham Lake, MN Food
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We made our goal! Thanks to all of you who have pledged, we can build the Shiitake fruiting house!

Since our campaign is still running till 6pm on the 30th, we have time for some stretch goals.  Do you want to help us get yet another step toward this project?  You still have a chance.

Another $750 will get us a few hundred feet of fruiting blanket - which we use to maintain humidity around the logs. Soon after soaking the logs to “shock” them, we cover the logs with these heavy blankets for two or three days. The blankets maintain humidity around to logs to encourage the most mushroom growth possible. After all these baby mushrooms have started, the blankets are removed.

If we can raise another $3000 then we can build the framework to support fruiting logs inside the fruiting house. The framework has to be made of galvanized steel so it can support hundreds of pound of weight – the logs, all the fruiting mushrooms, fruiting blankets – and not rust away on us. (You can see some pictures of the framework I’ve used in the past in pictures on this page.)

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Mushrooms need a sheltered space to grow – whether in a forest or on a mushroom farm! In the past we've used enclosed canopy tents to do this, but in order to grow, we need a structure that is much bigger than that - and with more control of humidity.  Help create a space for fruiting log-grown shiitake; locafy our fungi!

shiitake growing in a fruiting tent
shiitake growing in a fruiting tent
The shiitake fruiting house will look something like this!
The shiitake fruiting house will look something like this!

We are Cherry Tree House Mushrooms!

Mushrooms are healthy, delicious, and the Twin Cities needs more access to local cultivated and foraged mushrooms.  At CTHM, we grow shiitake, oyster, nameko, and a few other mushrooms on logs at the farm in Ham Lake, Minnesota.  We grow mushrooms on logs because they are delicious, beautiful, and they require less energy and fewer resources to produce!


"I love the beautiful mushrooms you grow, the quality and freshness are superb!"

-Brenda Lee Langton, founder, Mill City Farmers Market, and owner, Spoonriver Restaurant

"Shiitake from Cherry Tree House are the best I’ve ever seen and eaten. They’re thick and uptake well; keeping their form while taking on and adding to the subtle flavors of complex or simple dishes. They have an amazing shelf life and retain their nutrition and buttery rich woodland flavor well.

It’s crucial to have locally grown staples and delicacies from sustainable systems of production. Thanks to Jeremy & Cherry Tree House we have one of the finest mushrooms available with awesome flavor, size and unbeatable locally delivered freshness. We’re super proud to carry them."

-Travis Lusk, Produce Manager, Seward Community Coop

How we got here

I’m Jeremy McAdams, known to many as “the mushroom guy.”  I started growing shiitake mushrooms in the backyard of our south Minneapolis home, which we used to call the Cherry Tree House.  The farm spread to other yards in the next year, and then we got some great press from the New York Times about what we were doing.  As a hundred logs became a thousand, this got to be a bit too much for our neighborhood, and I moved CTHM to a farm in Maplewood. 

Since then we've started to grow other mushrooms like Oyster, Nameko, Reishi, and Lion's Mane.  Last year we grew 1500 pounds of mushrooms, mostly shiitake, and now CTHM includes a team of seasonal employees and interns to make things happen. In December 2013 we moved again, to a farm in Ham Lake. We're still setting things up in the new space and planning for more growth.  You can find old and new posts about our progress on Facebook or at the CTHM website.

incubating (new) mushroom logs
incubating (new) mushroom logs

Where can you find our mushrooms?

We sell mushrooms, both fresh and dried, in a variety of places: the Mill City Farmers Market; and the Seward, Wedge, and Mississippi Market Co-ops. We’ve sold to many restaurants in the Twin Cities – Alma, Birchwood, Craftsman, and others. Last year we started up a mushroom "add-on" with three CSAs in Minneapolis (see the rewards over on the side!) Also last year, I created a line of mushroom products: mushroom butter, mushroom spread, and a mushroom pate. 

Jeremy of CTHM at the Mill City Farmers Market
Jeremy of CTHM at the Mill City Farmers Market

You can help locafy our fungi!

We'd like to produce more mushrooms locally at CTHM - in five years I want to be producing 9000 pounds of shiitake each year!  Why?  There are only a couple of local mushroom farmers in the Twin Cities area, so most of the mushrooms in our grocery stores and restaurants come from the west or east coasts - or even oversees.  It's time to locafy our fungi!

In order to do that we've got to make a few changes - like building a shiitake fruiting house.  This is where you come in; we need your help to build it!  Contrary to popular belief, not all mushrooms grow in dark, damp caves. Here’s how we grow shiitake mushrooms: Once the logs have been colonized by mycelium, we soak them in cold water. That “shocks” the logs and induces mushroom growth. We set the logs in a space that is warm and damp, and protected from direct sunlight and wind. It’s like a little baby mushroom nursery.

When I first started out, with not very many logs, I used a canopy tent. As CTHM grew, we added another tent, and then another! We're going to need more space as we continue to grow and using a bunch of tents is just not working anymore! What we need now is a hoop house that will work as a mushroom fruiting house.

shiitake logs fruiting in one of the old fruiting tents
shiitake logs fruiting in one of the old fruiting tents
hoop house interior - similar to what we plan to use for the shiitake fruiting house
hoop house interior - similar to what we plan to use for the shiitake fruiting house

Help create a mushroom fruiting house for CTHM!

Where will your money go?  The first $20,000 will go to purchasing a hoop house and building it.  We've researched the right kind of hoop house that we'll need for our use and climate.  We'll be getting a 30 x 100 foot hoop house with 4-foot spacing of heavy-duty trusses and a steep, peaked roof for heavy snow loads; and roll-up sides for ventilation.  We also will be choosing large doors at either end to allow tractor access to the hoop house - since we move hundreds of logs each week and each one weighs between 50 and 75 pounds!  

If we get funded by the end of April, I’ll be placing an order for the hoop house at the beginning of May and then we’ll have some big work parties to build it in mid-May. With your help, we’ll start fruiting shiitake in the mushroom fruiting house this June!

If we raise more than $20,000, we'll be able to cover additional expenses - like building the metal frames inside (for supporting logs while they’re fruiting), watering system, fruiting blankets (which maintain high humidity around the logs), and generally cossetting the logs. 

Your kickstarter donation will help locafy our fungi, by making the shiitake fruiting house a reality!

Picking up our sustainably harvested logs
Picking up our sustainably harvested logs
shiitake logs fruiting in one of the old fruiting tents
shiitake logs fruiting in one of the old fruiting tents
Marinated and grilled shiitake with polenta, eggplant and greens
Marinated and grilled shiitake with polenta, eggplant and greens

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge is to keep producing the highest quality mushrooms using the most sustainable methods - while keeping down costs. The shiitake fruiting house is one of the strategies we’re using to limit risk, as it allows us to control many of the variables in the growing process; getting your help through this kickstarter campaign is part of our effort to control costs while maintaining quality.

I'm grateful for your goodwill and confidence, but I also feel a responsibility to reward that faith by producing lots of great mushrooms, by letting you know what big thing happened this month (or the next) at CTHM, and through gifts of appreciation.

You're taking a chance with us, but we have a track record of growing and selling mushrooms for several years. We feel sure that we'll continue to do so, even if we must keep adapting in order to keep doing what we love!

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    12 backers

    Thank you, thank you! For your support, Jeremy, "the mushroom guy," will send you a personal thank you email, you'll get project updates, and we'll include your name on the CTHM website as a supporter.

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    14 backers

    An original CTHM mushroom print thank you card and an "I eat local fungi" mushroom patch you can wear with pride - and we'll include your name on the CTHM website as a supporter

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    Enjoy a 1 oz. package of dried mushrooms and a recipe for a super tasty mushroom meal. (Dried mushrooms keep well and they rehydrate to about 1/2 a pound.) And of course we'll include your name on the CTHM website as a supporter.

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    24 backers

    An invitation to the Shiitake Fruiting House Open House! You'll get a tour of the farm and see the newly constructed Shiitake Fruiting House in full operation; plus we'll have drinks and mushroom pastries from the Salty Tart. Oh, and we'll include your name on the CTHM website as a supporter! The Open House takes place at the farm in Ham Lake, Minnesota.

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    27 backers

    Enjoy a 1/2 pound of fresh mushrooms; an invitation to the Open House, and your name on the website as a supporter. Mushrooms can be picked up at the Open House, or by arrangement at the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis.

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    Enjoy a CTHM original mushroom butter, pate, or spread. Pick one of these 3.5 ounce jars to serve at your next fancy dinner party - or for fancy late-night snacking! You'll also be invited to the Open House and get your name on the website as a supporter. Pick up your butter, spread, or pate at the Open House, or by arrangement at the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis.

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    Limited edition mushroom tote bag made from custom designed fabric. This bag won't be available anywhere else! You'll also get an invitation to the Open House. If you can't make it to the Open House, choose 1 oz of dried mushrooms instead, and we'll mail the mushrooms and tote bag to you. We'll also send you the mushroom print thank you card and of course, we'll add your name to the website as a supporter!

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    10 backers Limited (90 left of 100)

    Grow your own shiitakes! At this level you'll get a shiitake mushroom log kit (with instructions) all ready to grow some mushrooms. You'll also be invited to the Open House, and get your name on the website as a supporter. Pick up your log kit at the Open House, or by arrangement at the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis. Sorry, no shipping.

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    This is for the backyard mushroomer who wants a close look at how CTHM does it! A special mushroom workshop for those who want to learn more about shiitake cultivation and mushrooms in general. You'll get an inside look at the CTHM farm while enjoying drinks and our delicious reishi brownies. You'll get a chance to start your own oyster log kit, and you'll also take home a shiitake log kit (with instructions) that is ready to grow mushrooms. And of course your name will be included on the website as a sponsor. Workshop takes place at the farm in Ham Lake, MN. Open to anyone in Twin Cities area - or however far you want to travel!

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    For the backyard mushroomer who really wants to get it right! At this level you'll get a shiitake log kit delivered to your home and a half hour consultation. Jeremy will give you recommendations about where to put your kit and how to take care of it. You'll also be invited to the Open House and get your name on the website as a supporter. Open to Minneapolis and St. Paul residents only.

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    Get mushrooms all summer long! At this level you'll be enrolled in a summer-long mushroom CSA share through Growing Lots Urban Farm or Stones Throw Agricultural Coop. That will give you a quarter pound of locally grown or foraged mushrooms and a delicious recipe twice a month. You'll also be invited to the Open House, get your name on the website as a supporter, and we'll send you the mushroom print thank you card. CSA pick-up in Minneapolis - you have to get yourself to one of the pick up sites!

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    You love to eat mushrooms, and so do we! For your generous gift to us, Jeremy will whip up a delectable dinner for two (featuring mushrooms of course) served at our homestead in Minneapolis. Hang out and ask the farmer your mushroom questions, visit our backyard chickens, and eat a great meal. We'd also like to see you at the Open House, we'll send you the mushroom print thank you card, and you'll get your name on the website as a supporter. Dinner served in south Minneapolis, so this is for local folks - sorry we can't pay for your flight here!

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    This is for the urban homesteader! At this level you'll get a shiitake log kit delivered to your home and a one hour consultation. Jeremy will give you recommendations about where to put your kit and how to take care of it. He will also share advice about setting up your own urban homestead. You can also participate in the on-farm mushroom workshop (including oyster log kit); and we'll throw in the limited edition mushroom bag and beautiful thank you card. You'll also be invited to the Open House and get your name on the website as a sponsor. Phew! Open to Minneapolis and St. Paul residents only.

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    This is for the mushroom lover! At this level you'll be enrolled in a summer-long mushroom CSA. You'll also receive a selection of mushroom butter, pate, and spread; the limited edition mushroom bag; and a beautiful thank you card. You'll also be invited to the Open House and get your name on the website as a supporter. Pick up your mushroom bag and mushroom butter, pate, and spread at the Open House, or by arrangement at the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis. CSA pick-up in Twin Cities area - you have to get yourself to one of the pick up sites!

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    Start your own mini mushroom farm! Bring your friends, community garden group, or school group - and inoculate a bunch of mushroom logs. We'll provide a dozen logs, shiitake mushroom spawn, all the tools and space, and the help you need to inoculate and start your mushroom logs. You'll also be invited to the Open House, we'll send you the mushroom print thank you card, and you'll get your name on the website as a supporter. Inoculations take place at the farm in Ham Lake, so be prepared to get yourself and your group there, and your mushroom logs home again!

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