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InvisibleSwami
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Making money?
    #732877 - 07/09/02 04:06 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

Has anyone here been able to turn their favorite hobby into a little spare cash selling to specialty markets?

What legal species seem to give the greatest profit potential for time and effort involved?


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Re: Making money? [Re: Swami]
    #732983 - 07/09/02 05:45 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

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Invisibleshaggymane
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Re: Making money? [Re: ]
    #733465 - 07/09/02 09:30 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

very good shaggymanes in Greece


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Offlineggordon
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Re: Making money? [Re: Anonymous]
    #740395 - 07/11/02 08:36 PM (21 years, 7 months ago)

Hey Mycotek, I'll give yah $10,000 if you can show me how to "easily cultivate" Matsutake I know, your hands (typing) got ahead of your thought processes.

I figure when it comes to mushrooms the North American market is wearing blinders. Still the common button mushroom accounts for 90% of all consumption. I think the thing to do would be to find a good strain of a typical button which will take well to straw because unless you have alot of startup money, you aren't making compost. And pick up the manual " growing mushrooms with H2O2 by Dr. Rush Wayne. Why buttons? because that is what the public wants. Sucks eh.


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    #741055 - 07/12/02 07:45 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)



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OfflineCaliChronic
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Re: Making money? [Re: Swami]
    #741434 - 07/12/02 10:11 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

i would look into specialty markets, health food stores, etc. and see if they would be willing to sell your mushrooms for you. I believe this would be the hardest part, as you have to compete with much larger grow operations who can afford to sell their stuff for cheap.


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Re: Making money? [Re: Anonymous]
    #741527 - 07/12/02 11:01 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

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Re: Making money? [Re: ]
    #745028 - 07/14/02 07:53 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

The Matsutake (pine mushrooms) price varies but that is close enough. One year I dried a bunch and took the to the chinatown the next spring thinking i could make some money. They already had genuine Japanese matsutake on the shrlf for about $10 a dried dozen!

It should also be mentioned that because your mushrooms have not been inspected by any health board, the restuarants are not allowed to serve them to the public.
Here in small town Canada, they are not so fussy but I've heard they are a lot stricter in the US.

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    #745039 - 07/14/02 08:01 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

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    #751653 - 07/16/02 05:32 PM (21 years, 7 months ago)



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Re: Making money? [Re: Macey Howard]
    #752706 - 07/17/02 06:23 AM (21 years, 7 months ago)

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Invisiblepsyconaut
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Re: Making money? [Re: ]
    #753736 - 07/17/02 01:36 PM (21 years, 7 months ago)

I'm pretty astrounded at that!

Next thing they'll be recommending wearing orange jackets when picking them to other pickers can see you


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    #867551 - 09/06/02 02:34 PM (21 years, 5 months ago)



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    #867662 - 09/06/02 04:15 PM (21 years, 5 months ago)



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Invisibleshaggymane
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Re: Making money? [Re: VSOPXO]
    #867712 - 09/06/02 05:01 PM (21 years, 5 months ago)

hell yeah. What do you have to do to start an edible mushroom company?

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Re: Making money? [Re: Macey Howard]
    #868875 - 09/07/02 12:13 PM (21 years, 5 months ago)

moe thats a great idea...i would be soo down with growing some edibles. but it would have to be a mostly indoor opperation for us "eastcoasters" let me know what you come up with idea wise. i m pretty intereted in dabling around with an idea like that:)


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Re: Making money? [Re: mile69]
    #868893 - 09/07/02 12:31 PM (21 years, 5 months ago)

Of course it can be done,but think about the math first- organic button mushrooms retail for about 7$ a pound,which means you will have to wholesale them for 3-4$ a pound.That aint much....

Seems like the "specialty" types might be a little more feasible.


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Re: Making money? [Re: mile69]
    #967517 - 10/16/02 10:18 PM (21 years, 4 months ago)

WHY DID THIS THREAD DIE?


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Re: Making money? [Re: Anonymous]
    #1016717 - 11/02/02 08:16 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

over-regulation in the pacnw really pisses me off. pickin as a hobby has become illegal without the padding of unky sam's pockets.
bunch of bullshit.
growing is the way.
go to the fairgrounds, the stables, the composters, get whatever you can for free, pasteurize, put in bags on ropes, grow oysters by the hundreds of pounds.
this is what i'm thinkin lately.
oysters, maitakes, and chicken-of-the-woods.

this thread shouldn't die.

peace.


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OfflineEarth Shaman
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Re: Making money? [Re: Anonymous]
    #1077433 - 11/22/02 04:46 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

Mycotek: You said wood ears can go for $20 an ounce? Wish I'd known that! They grow like grass around where I live. Not the tastiest mushies I've ever eaten, but the texture makes it worth while.
I pick morels every year. Have a secret local spot, usually bring back about 15 lbs fresh. A lot of them are gigantic, too. Caps 4-5 inches long, 2-4 inches wide. Taste delicious. Don't know about morel hunting permits in Illinois. Anyone have any information on this? I usually end up giving away a third of them to dear friends and eating the rest myself through the year until next season. My mycophagist friends look at me like I'm a godsend when I offer them sauteed morels in the middle of winter. There's something to leave Santa, eh?
Best of luck with the legal mushie endeavours.



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Re: Making money? [Re: Swami]
    #2216288 - 01/03/04 05:04 AM (20 years, 1 month ago)

I am wondering how hard it is to get a couple of days at the 'ol farmers market then gradually pimp you wares to the local upity resturants. Figure it's slow at first but nothing worth doing is built in a day.

Anyone know the legalities of selling mushrooms at a market in MI?

Also to a resturant?

Setting up a business on paper takes about 6 hours of writing and filing and phone calls. And about $150

Let's kick some numbers and ideas around

This mag give regional prices but I havent bought it yet

Mushroom newsletter

Oh well I'll see


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Re: Making money? [Re: Swami]
    #2216293 - 01/03/04 05:22 AM (20 years, 1 month ago)

And here's a cool link pulled out of Anno's Gourmet FAQ

Mushroom cultivation & Marketing  :thumbup:


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Offlinecreekfarmer
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Re: Making money? [Re: mile69]
    #2216890 - 01/03/04 03:28 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

I'm selling Pearl Oysters for a little over $8 a pound. Easy to grow. I sell my mushrooms a local restuarants. My freshies are head and shoulders above the alternative oyster sourse. I'll try to show pictures on Tuesday. I have about 350 pounds of substrate going in column culture in my woodshop. I made a decent growroom out of visqueen.


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Re: Making money? [Re: creekfarmer]
    #2217010 - 01/03/04 04:58 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

What are "Pearl Oysters" ?
Is there a latin name ( would make it easier for me to identify ) ?


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Re: Making money? [Re: ragadinks]
    #2217251 - 01/03/04 06:56 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

kudos to you creekfarmer :smile: 
please tell us more ... and what part of the country are you competing in?
I have loads of oyster spawn in the making and hope to get a good sized block going soon. Pics of your growroom would be awesome.

I think "pearl oysters" are pleurotus.O  and pleurotus.P is phoenix oyster, though who could tell the difference.


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Re: Making money? [Re: Swami]
    #2217285 - 01/03/04 07:16 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

I sold a couple of hen of the wood this year, to a couple of restraunts. These were found. If some one works out how to get chicken of the woods to fruit reliably on sawdust they are going to make a fortune.


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Re: Making money? [Re: shroomstruck]
    #2217286 - 01/03/04 07:16 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

I think "pearl oysters" are pleurotus.O and pleurotus.P is phoenix oyster, though who could tell the difference.




Ok, I did not know that Pleurotus ostreatus is also called "perl oysters" - thanks for you help.


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Re: Making money? [Re: falcon]
    #2217464 - 01/03/04 09:14 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

falcon said:
I sold a couple of hen of the wood this year, to a couple of restraunts. These were found. If some one works out how to get chicken of the woods to fruit reliably on sawdust they are going to make a fortune.




Hen of the Woods is grifola frondosa (maitake) & Chicken of the woods is laetiporus sulphureus ... which do you mean?


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Re: Making money? [Re: shroomstruck]
    #2217477 - 01/03/04 09:30 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

I found and sold the hen.

If someone works out how to grow the chickens reliably they will make a fortune, if I had found any I could have sold them too. I found very few chickens this year and most were too old for my taste, the ones I found i kept. it was a bit confusing.


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Re: Making money? [Re: falcon]
    #2217813 - 01/04/04 02:15 AM (20 years, 1 month ago)

You can get spawn of Chicken of the Woods at FungPerfecti. Have you ever tried them ?


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Re: Making money? [Re: ragadinks]
    #2218126 - 01/04/04 08:44 AM (20 years, 1 month ago)

Yes I tried plugs a couple years ago on tulip poplar and oak, they didn't fruit. I probably didn't keep them wet enough though.
I've heard people say they have gotten them to fruit. If they were a good way to get them to fruit all the time though I think they would be showing up in stores that carry hen of the woods and other speciallty mushrooms. A lot to people like them it wouldn't be hard to sell them.


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Re: Making money? [Re: falcon]
    #2218193 - 01/04/04 10:13 AM (20 years, 1 month ago)

falcon, you had me confused between the chicken & hens :smile:

This ct company commercially cultivates maitake , they distribute to stop & shop & shop rite chains also.
http://www.franklinfarms.com/varieties/varietyindex.html

Months ago a put a piece of mush in a jar of birdseed to see if it would grow. It looks like it is, but I don't remember if it is this maitake or a pom pom from another farm in pa.


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Re: Making money? [Re: shroomstruck]
    #2218310 - 01/04/04 11:48 AM (20 years, 1 month ago)

I have overincubated maitake plates I cloned from a wild fruit. I spose I should put 'em in the fridge.


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Re: Making money? [Re: shroomstruck]
    #2218640 - 01/04/04 02:58 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

I am growing pluerotus ostreatus. I am selling in the south. Specifically Seneca, Clemson, and Greenville, South Carolina. I'll post pictures of the grow room Tuesday night. I'll probably go to market of Wensday.


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Re: Making money? [Re: shroomstruck]
    #2219466 - 01/04/04 11:22 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

There both excellent edibles so you can't lose  :thumbup:., but which is it monkey heads or sheeps head? :rolleyes: :smile:


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Re: Making money? [Re: ragadinks]
    #2223462 - 01/06/04 02:37 PM (20 years, 1 month ago)

Due to the fact that I live in BFE, posting photos is not an option. The up side is that I made $150 dollars today selling part of my first flush. If you are truly interested in photos of my grow room and crop, pm me and I will send you a cd rom with pictures and details.


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Re: Making money? [Re: creekfarmer]
    #2240924 - 01/14/04 05:13 AM (20 years, 1 month ago)

gday im down in oz and been growing the oysters ( pulmonarias ) for a couple of years there is definatly a living to be made but it dont happen over nite you gotta produce consistent quality mushys and develop you own market but it can be done and it sure beats brickies labouring but it dont come easy


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