Now that the first snow has started and most people think gardening season is over, I have just begun with some of our favorite gardening produce, indoors! There are many produce items that you can grow during the winter inside; tomatoes, herbs and many other great tasting produce. But my hubby’s favorite by far is mushrooms! If your New Year’s resolution is to save money, then you should try to grown your own produce indoors this winter!
I had never grown mushrooms indoors but when I seen Back To The Roots – Grow Your Own Mushroom kit, I knew I had to try it out! You can snag one of these kits for less than $25 and get about 1.5 pounds of mushrooms. It comes in this super cute box filled with recycled coffee grounds as the soil to start your growing produce event!
The kit is simple to use; just slit the bag, submerge in water, let it drain, mist daily with water and start seeing mushrooms growing within a few weeks! Everyday our girls run to the kitchen to see how much bigger our mushrooms have grown since the day before. It seems that once they emerge, with just a few spritz of water makes them grow a size bigger each day! You can re-use this box to grow additional crops and you can grow up to 1.5 pounds of mushrooms! This is a great way to save money and have fresh produce in the house year round!
About Back To The Roots:
Back to the R0ots was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora during their last semester at UC Berkeley in 2009. Two months away from graduation, and heading into the corporate world of investment banking & consulting, they came across the idea during a class lecture of being able to potentially grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds. Inspired by the idea of turning waste into wages & fresh, local food, they experimented in Alex’s fraternity kitchen, ultimately growing one test bucket of tasty oyster mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. With that one bucket, some initial interest from Whole Foods & Chez Panisse and a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, they decided to forget the corporate route, and instead, become full-time urban mushroom farmers!
Inspired by the idea of producing local, fresh food from what was an urban waste stream, Back to the Roots has since grown to create the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden which lets anyone, across the country, grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home as well!
- On pace in 2011 to collect, divert and reuse 1 million lbs of coffee grounds this year from Peet’s Coffee & Tea
- Help families grow over 250,000lbs of fresh food at home in 2011!
- Sustained 10 urban school & community gardens by donating BTTRs premium soil amendment
- Selling our kits at over 300 Whole Foods nationwide