** Home delivery, on-farm, and shipping only (not Pepper Place market pickup, please). The Crowthers will be at the farmer's market and you could purchase from them directly. **
Shiitake mushrooms have a delicious meaty, buttery taste, and a firm but chewy texture with an all-around intense flavor. They are an excellent meat alternative in vegetarian/ vegan dishes and pair especially well with pasta. Shiitake mushrooms also go great in soups, casseroles, stir fry, or your breakfast omelets. Shiitake mushrooms have been used in Asia for thousands of years as a natural medicine. Animal studies have found anti-tumor, cholesterol-lowering, and virus-inhibiting effects in shiitake mushrooms.
Storage: Once thawed, keep refrigerated in a paper bag or covered with a damp paper towel. Will last 7 to 10 days, but it's best to eat promptly. If you don't eat all your mushrooms and they're starting to turn, you can sauté them and then refreeze them. Then you can take your mushrooms out and use them anytime.
Charles and Shiyrah Crowther of Grandview Farm in Montevallo, Alabama have been cultivating shiitake mushrooms for about 15 years. Their mushrooms are grown using oak and sweet gum logs outside in dappled sunlight under a canopy of trees. There are no chemicals or pesticides used in their cultivation.
Started in 2014, Marble Creek Farmstead is Central Alabama's source for pasture-raised meats & eggs, plus quality goods from other local farms & makers. It's one of the only farms in the country with an on-farm USDA-inspected red meat & poultry processing plant. It has been featured in Bon Appetit's Farms that Ship, Birmingham Magazine, Alabama Magazine, B Metro Magazine, and the Cottage Journal Magazine. The farm offers shipping to the lower 48 states for orders over $50 (free for orders over $150, sent only on Mondays), twice-weekly home delivery around Birmingham for orders over $50 (for $5, or free for orders over $100), farmer's market pickup around Birmingham, and pickup at the on-farm store, plus availability at a couple grocery stores in Birmingham. Whether you're on the ketogenic diet, paleo diet, AIP, or another clean eating plan, Marble Creek has lots of options for you. Jesie & Matthew Lawrence have 3 very young children - Luke, Elijah, & Charlotte.