The world is my oyster…


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Our babies!

Good morning Friends!

We have finally had our first Oyster harvest! Only from one bag. We cut them off and fried them up in olive oil, salt, and pepper. And they were wonderful! Their texture is so different and the taste is unlike that of a button mushroom. Have you had an oyster mushroom? Really, just the oil, salt, and pepper did the trick.

Here is a recipe for oyster mushroom pizza, posted by Julie over at Forbidden Rice Blog. 
This is going to be the first dish I make with our next flush. The only thing better than mushrooms is pizza, and the only thing better than pizza is mushroom pizza.

So far we haven’t flushed enough mushrooms to justify a trip to the Farmers Market. This week I plan on filling the entire greenhouse with bags just ready for fruiting. We have our fingers crossed for mid-late July. No! More! Setbacks! God willing.

It is a thrill for me to walk out of our tent and next door to our greenhouse to see our work paying off. The smell of earth in there, of mushrooms. The humid, cool(ish) air. Sometimes I just stand in there and look at our little babies growing up.

After we are up and running a little more we fully intend on selling our own grow bags straight to the customer. Want to grow your own oysters on your kitchen counter? We will get you all ready to go. Wouldn’t that be nice? Let me tell you, it’s super nice.

Do you have any oyster mushroom recipes I should try? Share them in the comments. Next blog post maybe I will share some dishes we have made!

Thank you for visiting. We will talk again soon.

Godspeed friends,
Mary & Co.


We are Cicero’s Garden.

Hi friends! Glad you found us here, in the vast world wide web. My name is Mary, and next to me is Micah, and at our feet are the kids (Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, and Ziggy Stardust). Our little band of creatures came together a couple of years ago and we have all been inseparable since. One of those things. Over the last year or so we have talked and talked about starting our own business, escaping the rent trap, and living a life all of our own making.

Well, we stopped talking about doing it and decided to just jump in.

How do you escape the rent trap when don’t have a lot of money in Portland, and when you have 3 dogs and a cat? You think creatively… alternative housing options.

So. We moved into a tent.

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This is our 13×20 Alaskan style wall tent (plus a 6ft porch – booya!) We moved into our tent in mid-February, during the wettest and worst winter for Portland. Which, honestly, was great. Get the worst of it out of the way and now we get to enjoy the Summer here.

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Not too shabby! It is our soft-walled studio apartment. Through deciding on this kind of lifestyle, we have eliminated our rent bill, have a small electric bill, and just do trade work for our little spot on our friends hobby farm. (I need to say, none of this would have been possible without our dear friends who live on this land in a house. They have been a true blessing while we navigate this bizarre venture.)

Two months ago, I quit my job and decided to focus full time on Cicero’s Garden. We are aiming to be at the Molalla farmers market in July to start selling our first fruiting mushrooms. Yay!

As for where we are growing our little baby mushrooms.. we began construction of a greenhouse a few weeks ago. We still have another room to build, here is a picture of our under construction fruiting chamber.

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Not much yet, but soon this will be filled with fruiting bags ready for the market.

On this blog, I will share mushroom news and science, benefits, recipes, and any personal goings-on here at the Garden. I hope you subscribe, check out our website, and get excited as we are about mycology! #nerds.

Mary & Co.

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P.S. To learn more about tent living, visit my blog

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