The Fungi Folks

November 2023, Newsletter

The season for mushrooms

Our Latest Mushroom Course

Autumn is the dream season for mycologists. We were not disappointed during our recent mushroom course in October as we discovered a great range of local mushrooms on our wander through the woods. We made some birch polypore tincture during the course, which was a sell-out, and we were once again lucky to have fantastic weather. A few of the cows even came up to say hello!

We will be running further courses next year down on the farm. So sign up below, or alternatively, this would make a fantastic Christmas present.

Markets and Events

We have been to lots of local markets in Chepstow, Bristol, Cardiff and Hay on Wye. We have a regular slot on Saturdays at Whiteladies Road in Bristol and details of other markets can be found on the website or our instagram.

We have visited further festivals, including WOMAD in July where it was possible to add functional mushroom powders to your coffee to maximise your festival energy and also the Abergavenny Food Festival in September where we sold our full product range.

Hot off the Press

We were delighted to receive a five-star rating after a recent visit from the food hygiene inspectorate, who are rightly known to have very high standards!

We have continued to expand our product range and are pleased to introduce our Lion’s mane and Shiitake tinctures available in the online store. We will soon be introducing reishi tincture along with a mixed mushroom extract.

Or just click one of the images below to go to the product page .

Organic Cordyceps Extract
Organic Lion's Mane Extract
Organic Shiitake Extract
The 7th UKI Medicinal Mushrooms Conference

Watch out for Ben’s talk at the seventh. UKI medicinal mushrooms conference in Wiltshire on the 18th and 19th of November.

Working with the mysterious cordyceps mushroom

In this talk, Ben will be telling us about his work cultivating Cordyceps militaris, the scarlet caterpillar club – a curious fungus to grow given that its natural host is an insect.

He will also speak to us about the peculiar nature that characterises this group of fungi, from their place in both our native UK ecosystem and across the world, to the medicinal possibilities that are derived from their intriguing fungal  biochemistry.

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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