Saying good bye to the summer is always a little hard, especially the summer mushrooms! However you may have noticed we got an abundance of rain going into this month. September and fall bring a new set of mushrooms with it, some of the best varieties of the year in my opinion. Hiking is a bit more pleasant with the cooler mornings as well.
***Special Announcement : I will be traveling for the first couple weeks of this month on a much needed road trip up north. I will be shipping orders from the road but unavailable to do local deliveries and I won’t be at any markets until the end of the month. There will no mushroom walks either until the end of the month. With that said, I dropped this newsletter early and will start the Maitake special tomorrow. Also if any local folks would like anything before I go, now is your chance, I’ll be leaving on the first.
In other news, my products made their way to downtown Asheville and are being carried by Element Tree Essentials located at 18 Wall street. It’s a great wellness shop that carries natural products along with local gifts. Element Tree is woman owned and operated! Say hi to Kasey, the owner if you go there.
On the product front, I’ve been talking with a great local hemp grower in Leicester called Otherside Hemp co. with the idea to create my newest product which will be a tincture blend of medicinal mushrooms with CBD. This project has been a long time coming for me. Another collaboration I’m working on is a Chaga skin care product!
Markets this month: The new Lester Market has been wonderful, I’m excited to be a part of this great community in Leicester, NC! I plan to return to this market on the 22nd and 29th of the month.
East Asheville: I plan to be at the market once this month on the 24th.
Yancey county/Burnsville: Planning for the 25th only.
Monthly Special: This months special is on Maitake double extracted tinctures. This pretty mushroom is not only tasty but packed with medicinal goodness and will be in the forest very soon. They call it the dancing mushroom, as when you find it, you dance with joy! With the delta variant running wild and flu season heading in, it’s a good time to get Maitake into your system! Besides fighting viruses such as the flu, it helps treat type 2 diabetes, can help with weight loss, and could be very useful in fighting and preventing breast cancer! All tinctures will be $10 off. Take a look at these articles on Maitake and it’s benefits:
These are some of the wonderful mushrooms we’ll start seeing this month. Most of these are easy to identify, however the Honeys do have a look alike called the deadly Gallerina. These are much smoother caps and dark gills opposed to light gills on the Honeys.
In the medicinal realm, Turkey Tail, Birch Polypore, Maitake, Lions Mane and Bears Head Tooth make up those you’ll start seeing, not to mention the Lions Mane, Maitake and Bears Head are wonderful edibles and some of my favorites! Chickens will hang around into October and you may find Chanterelles, Boletes, and Milkies still hanging around this month as well. My walks will continue through fall, the end of this month and through October I’ll be available.
Lastly I want to say THANK YOU to all of you that support my small business! To all my loyal, returning and new customers and all the businesses that carry my products…..thank you for helping my business to grow and for helping me achieve my dreams, each one of you plays a part in Blue Ridge Chaga Connection. It’s an absolute delight meeting folks on my walks, at the markets, and virtually from afar. I certainly couldn’t do it without you all. So welcome fall, the colors, the mushrooms, the coolness in the air and as always, happy hunting.