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BOXED-IN MUSHROOM CO.

GUIDED BY SCIENCE, INSPIRED BY NATURE

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OUR RESEARCH

R & D
{research and discovery}

Behind all of this mushroom business is a whole lot of research and a continual stream of discovery. Science that defines mycology is deeper than the ocean and more vast than the widest of distance. Each day as we enter the mushrooms' domain, we are completely and utterly mesmerized at the continual changes that occur, as well the incredible speed at which these fungal beings grow...but, above all, lessons that they teach us through their beauty. 

THE FARM

THE "MUSHROOM SIDE" OF THE FARM

When most people think of mushrooms and how they grow, the image of a cool, damp and mossy forest floor comes to mind.

And, for many varieties that is the case.

Although mushrooms are considered by most to be a vegetable,

technically they are part of the kingdom called fungi[fun-jhi]

 But, for the gourmet side of mushrooms we have chosen a more sterile environment [a renovated shipping container] that ensures quality control and edible safety when it comes to consuming these mystical plants.

The mushroom farm container is outfitted with a sterile laboratory - inoculation room, where all of the science of growing mushrooms takes place. This where we grow our culture known as mycelium. 

 

Next, the incubation room, which is regulated between 70 and 78 degrees, where the mushrooms colonize in their growing medium. This medium can consist of sterilized grain or hardwood substate. 

 

The final 20 feet of growing space is designed to replicate the "autumnal environment" known as the fruiting room, in which the mushrooms emerge for harvest. In this space, the humidity is amplified and the temperature can range anywhere from 45-65 degrees.  

HOW MUSHROOMS GROW

A biopsy of a mushroom strain/variety is grown out on agar, {a seaweed based substance mixed with malt barley and nutritional yeast,} that has been sterilized and poured into a petri plate. This will gelatinize and act as a growing environment for the "mushroom seed," known as "mycelium" to grow or colonize.

Another option for developing a mushroom strain or variety is to obtain a "spore print." This is achieved by taking a mushroom of the desired strain and allowing it to drop its spores from the underneath gill side of the cap. This must be done in a sterile environment. Glass or paper can be used as the palette for the print. Once the spore print or "fingerprint"of the mushroom has occurred, it may be stored for many years until the strain is ready to be developed into a mushroom This technique is the single best way to expand a "first generation" mushroom variety

Another way that a strain or variety can  be developed is when the "mycelium" or liquid mushroom seed is grown out in a "sterilized" sugar or honey water base. After about 30 days, it is extracted into a syringe until ready for use in further expanding a mushroom variety or strain.

After each step in the process of growing mushrooms, a sterilization process is required. This procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 22+ hours.

In order to grow mushrooms, the mycelium that has been grown out in the above methods, a medium or carrier is needed to expand the liquid or spore "fingerprint." In most cases that medium or carrier is a grain. {rye, hard winter wheat, sorghum or millet} Before introducing the mycelium, the grain must be soaked and simmered to eliminate any foreign matter, bacteria or mold spores.

The grain is then transferred to a polypropylene bag that can withstand high temperatures. The bag is designed with a micron filter patch that allows the buildup of any gasses to excape. It is also fitted with a self sealing injection port for introducing the "mycelium by syringe."

Once the grain is packed in the polypropylene bag, the bag must be sterilized to kill any unknown contaminates or mold spores. This sterilization procedure can require anywhere from 1-3 hours, at a pressure of 15 psi.

Once sterilized and allowed to cool in front of a laminar flow hood, the grain is now ready for inoculation. A syringe containing "liquid mycelium" is injected into the polypropylene bag or, a section of the agar plate where the mushroom biopsy was grown out is placed in the bag and allowed to colonize within the grain. This process can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, depending on the strain or variety of mushroom.

The inoculated bag is now placed in a growing chamber, where the temperature, humidity and light levels are monitored to ensure that the ultimate conditions exist for the mycelium to have a fighting chance to work its way throughout the bag of grain.

If all the conditions are right, colonization within the bag of grain spawn will be noticeable, while the once earthy colored grain turns from brown to white.

Once colonization of the grain spawn has completed {approximately 4-6 weeks} a mixture of hardwood oak pellets and soy hull pellets are mixed, rehydrated with water and measured into a larger polypropylene bag. The bags are packed into a autoclave sterilzer and pressure sterilized for 22-24 hours.

After sterilization is complete, the grain spawn in divided between the bags of hardwood/soy hull substrate. This is done in front of the laminar flow hood to insure that the grain to substrate transfer is free from possible contamination.

Once completed, the substrate bags are placed in a grow chamber to allow for the grain to colonize throughout the bag. At this time, the bags are primarily kept in the dark. It take 4-6 weeks to fully colonize the bag of substrate, at which point it is transferred to the fruiting chamber to produce the mushrooms.

Now that full colonization has occurred, the bags are placed in the "Fruiting Chamber" where they will come to life. In order to "wake up" the colonizing mycelium, slits or punctures are made in the bag to allow fresh air to enter the bag. At the same time, this action allows the  naturally occurring CO2 to escape. The atmosphere is highly controlled to bring about an "Autumnal" environment. Lighting is introduced to simulate day and night, while humidity is increased {based on the variety} to between 89% and 99%. The temperature also plays an important role in the fruiting stage...often controlled at 55+ degrees. For successful transformation from substrate to flush, an exchange of fresh air is required to allow the mushroom to emerge and develop.

VARIETIES WE'RE GROWING

VARIETIES WE GROW

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SNOW OYSTER

CHESTNUT

PINK OYSTER

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Our Lion's Mane tincture is derived from the Lion's Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus), and is renowned for its potential cognitive and neurological benefits. This dual extracted tincture contains bioactive compounds such as erinacines and hericenones that may support nerve growth and function, potentially aiding memory, focus, and overall brain health. Lion's Mane is believed to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, contributing to potential immune system support and overall well-being, and its positive impact on nerve regeneration and mental clarity.
 

As individual responses can vary, consulting a healthcare professional before incorporating Lion's Mane Dual-Extracted Tincture into your wellness regimen is advisable.

"I've been dealing with memory issues for a while, but your Lion's Mane Tincture has significantly improved my cognitive function. I'm so grateful for this natural solution....thanks so much!"

Janis R.  {New Braunfels TX}

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MEET "TEAM ROBERT"

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Laboratory Manager...Lead Inoculation Specialist...Harvest & Packaging...Market Sales 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Introducing Boxed-In-Mushroom Company's

Lion's Mane Dual Extract Tincture: A Game-Changer for Daily Wellness.

Marion Texas, October 1, 2023 - Boxed In Mushroom Company is proud to announce the launch of our groundbreaking Lion's Mane Dual Extract Tincture, a daily elixir designed with the needs of the wellness generation in mind. In a market crowded with tinctures, our product stands out for its unique approach to cognitive health and overall well-being.

What Sets Us Apart:

  1. Lion's Mane Superpowers: Our Lion's Mane Dual Extract Tincture harnesses the incredible potential of Lion's Mane mushrooms, renowned for their cognitive-boosting properties. This potent superfood is believed to support memory, focus, and mental clarity, making it an ideal choice for anyone seeking an edge in their daily lives.

  2. Dual Extraction Technology: We use both hot water and alcohol extractions to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits from our organic, freshly harvested whole fruiting body Lion's Mane mushrooms. This method captures the full spectrum of bioactive compounds, providing a product that's as effective as it is innovative.

  3. Vegan, Gluten-Free and Sustainable: At Boxed In Mushroom Company, we're committed to sustainable practices. Our Lion's Mane Dual Extract Tincture is 100% vegan and sourced from organic Lion's Mane mushrooms, ensuring you can feel good about the impact on both your well-being and the planet. We only use 100% Certified Organic Cane Alcohol. [Sugar Cane}

  4. Versatile and Convenient: Whether you're adding it to your favorite morning juice, post-workout smoothie, or sipping it straight, our tincture is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. {not recommended to be mixed into hot beverages}

  5. Premium Quality Assurance: We take quality seriously. Each batch of our tincture undergoes rigorous testing to guarantee potency, purity, and safety, providing peace of mind to health-conscious consumers.

Boxed In Mushroom Company's Lion's Mane Dual Extract Tincture is the perfect addition to your wellness regimen, designed to help you stay sharp and focused in an increasingly fast-paced world. With our commitment to quality, sustainability, and innovation, we're confident that our tincture will become a trusted companion for the wellness generation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rising Kale Farms Launches Boxed-In Mushroom Company, Offering Gourmet Mushrooms at New Braunfels Farmers Market

Marion TX July 22, 2021 - Rising Kale Farms, under the stewardship of founder Robert Nowlin, is thrilled to introduce their new mushroom division, Boxed-In Mushroom Company. This exciting venture will bring a wide selection of gourmet mushrooms to the New Braunfels and surrounding communities.

Boxed-In Mushroom Company is committed to delivering the finest, locally grown gourmet mushrooms. At the New Braunfels Farmers Market every Saturday, year-round, you can enjoy fresh-picked mushrooms, including Blue, Snow & Pink Oyster, Shiitake, Black Pearl King Trumpet, and Lions Mane varieties. Future plans include the introduction of medicinal mushrooms such as Turkey Tail and Reishi. Both of which have been found to increase immune support and strengthen overall health.

Robert Nowlin, farming founder of Rising Kale Farms, shared his excitement about the new division, stating, "We're proud to offer a diverse range of gourmet mushrooms, grown sustainably and harvested with care. We invite you to experience the unique tastes and benefits of our mushrooms at the New Braunfels Farmers Market."

About Rising Kale Farms: Rising Kale Farms, based in Marion Texas, is a sustainable hydroponic farm dedicated to growing the freshest greens and lettuce varieties while adhering to strict, responsible farming practices. Their new division, Boxed-In Mushroom Company, showcases a variety of gourmet mushrooms, available at the New Braunfels Farmers Market every Saturday, rain or shine.

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CONTACT
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Boxed-In Mushroom Company

@ Rising Kale Farms

2230 Weil Road

Marion Texas 78124

Tel. 210-843-1962

VISIT
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New Braunfels Farmers Market

186 South Castell Avenue

New Braunfels Tx

Every Saturday / Year Round / Rain or Shine 

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

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