The Fungi Folks

August Newsletter

Spring into Summer

It’s been a hectic but productive season for The Fungi Folks. Here are some highlights below.

Hot off the press:

We’re delighted to have received confirmation of our organic certification this week and shall now enjoy printing lots of new labels!!

Tip of the week: product focus

New to mushrooms? Why not try some of our cordyceps? These are great as a pick-you-up when served in tea or taken as a tincture. Get some here: https://thefungifolks.co.uk/shop/

Upcoming events:

Find us next at the Hay on Wye market on Thursday 24th August, 2023.

Sign Up:

Why not sign up for our next mushroom course on 15th October, 2023 at the farm

7th UKI Medicinal Mushrooms Conference in November.

Watch out for Ben’s talk at the 7th UKI Medicinal Mushrooms Conference in November.

9 Different Mushrooms

We’ve expanded our product range and are now growing 9 different varieties of mushroom – Cordyceps, Pink Oysters, Lion’s Mane, Pearl Oysters, Yellow Oysters, Reishi, Shitaki, King Oysters, Grey Oysters.

Our First Mushroom Course

In May we hosted our first mushroom course, made a tincture and went on a fungi foray in the pine forest nearby. The weather was kind to us and a fun afternoon was had by all! Sign up for our next one here

Work Experience Student

In June Chris came to us for a week’s work experience and it was great to have an extra helping hand. He helped in the laboratory and growing rooms as well as learning some of the ins and outs of setting up a business. By far his most interesting job, however, was collecting horse poo to give the compost a boost!

Markets!

We’ve been to lots of local markets in Chepstow, Usk, Bristol, Cardiff and Hay-on-Wye. It has been great to get involved in these communities and gauge which products are the most popular. We sold out of tinctures last time, so there are plenty more on the way!

Land Skills Fair

In July Ben gave a talk on ‘The crucial role of fungi in our ecology, culture and future’ at the Land Skills Fair. There was initially a nerve-racking moment when he arrived and was alone, but by the appointed hour he was glad to have a large and receptive audience. 

WOMAD

At the recent WOMAD festival, festival-goers were able to benefit from a mushroom boost by adding our Lion’s Mane or Cordyceps powder to their coffee. Powders will soon be available in our shop

Mushroom Benefits

Modern studies and a long history of traditional use have indicated that mushrooms can offer natural immune support, stress relief, improved cognitive function, and promote overall well-being through a range of bioavailable compounds. Here are some of the potential indications:
  • Cordyceps: Energy, endurance, respiratory health, general vitality
  • Lion’s Mane: Focus, memory, general cognition, and gut health
  • Reishi: Stress relief, adaptogenic, sleep, immune modulation
  • Shiitake: Immune support, cardiovascular health, rich in vitamins and minerals

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