Thursday Giveaway: Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden


Note: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Kristen, who loves using mushrooms in stroganoff (I do too!).

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive when I was contacted about doing a review and giveaway of Back to the Roots Grow Your Own Mushroom Kits. While I love the idea of gardening, I definitely do not have a green thumb (except when I try to grow habaneros and end up with enough to last a lifetime). And something about growing mushrooms in the house weirds me out a little bit (I mean, it sounds like something you don’t want to grow).

But the more I read about this company, the more I started to think that it was really cool. It was started by two friends in their senior year of college who were inspired by a lecture about the ability to grow gourmet mushrooms in recycled coffee grounds. The soil inside these kits is actually 100% recycled Peet’s coffee, and they’re on track to reuse over 1 million pounds of coffee grounds this year – helping families grow over 250,000 pounds of fresh oyster mushrooms (up to a pound and a half of mushrooms per kit).

The other thing that I think is really cool is that if you take a photo of your mushroom crop and post it on their Facebook wall, they’ll donate a kit to the classroom of your choice. What a fun and cool way to get kids interested in food and science!

So despite my initial hesitations, I was really intrigued by what these folks were doing. After being reassured that growing my own mushrooms would be foolproof (and that there was no risk of the kit growing any unwanted molds) I said ok!

My mushrooms are growing now and are doing wonderfully – I should be able to harvest them in a few days. The kit really did make it fool proof – they even included a little spray bottle to help you mist them as they grow. I can’t wait to come up with a delicious recipe using my mushrooms and get my second crop growing (each box can produce 2-4 crops).

Do you want to try your hand at growing mushrooms too? They’ve generously offered to send one of my US readers their very own kit. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to use fresh mushrooms. For an extra entry, “like” Back to the Roots on Facebook and leave a second comment letting me know that you did. I will pick a winner on Sunday, August 24.

If you don’t win or if you simple can’t wait any long to try growing your own mushrooms you can use the code mushrooms4me10 for 10% off. Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden Kits retail for $19.95 and replacement bags retail for $7.99. They can be purchased at and at Whole Foods.

FTC Disclosure: I received a Mushroom Kit to review for free. All opinions are my own.


  1. This is such a great idea! I would love to try it.

  2. Melanie says:

    I would love my own mushrooms. I love them in omelets and just by themselves!

  3. How fun! I looooove mushrooms! I usually stir fry them, but they’re si wonderful raw in salads or in soups or chicken marsala! Yum!

  4. I like backup the roots on Facebook!

  5. Love mushrooms and these kits look cool! I like to cook mushrooms on the stove and then add them to a spinach, feta, and tomato salad.

  6. I like them on Facebook.

  7. Mushroom pizza. My favorite toppings are sausage and mushrooms paired together.

  8. I love them lots of ways, but I like to sautee them with olive oil and garlic and pour a mixture of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.

  9. jacquie says:

    how cool. i have been intrigued by the idea of growing my own mushrooms for a while but have never gotten up the nerve to actually do it. kuddos to you for giving it a try.

    mushroom – just love them – whether plain or sauteed w/ other veggies or mixed in w/ beans or grains.

  10. Oh how fun! I’ve always wanted to try one of those kits actually. Count me in!

  11. Okay, I LOVE mushrooms. Absolutely love, love love. I am so excited for this. I really hope I win!

  12. “Liked” on FB! :-)

  13. Kristen says:

    I love mushrooms in beef stroganoff and curries! I’d love to try to grow my own!

  14. Sara P. says:

    I like to make mushroom soft tacos. Yum!

  15. I love to roll out crescent roll dough and then toss mushrooms with melted butter….spread that on the dough and then sprinkle with paremsan, salt, pepper and a little Italian seasoning…..bake and eat….YUM!

  16. I love mushrooms! I’ve been wanting to try one of these. My favorite way to use mushrooms is in sauce. Any kind of sauce really, but Marsala is my favorite!

  17. I also liked their page on FB!

  18. Roseann Pummill says:

    What a great idea, and since I have a vegetable garden, I was excited about the idea of growing my own mushrooms since I love, love mushrooms of any variety. I love putting them in a simple marinara sauce over pasta in place of meat. The texture of a mushroom cancels out the need for any meat in this dish. There are hundreds more recipes I could add, but this is the simpliest and a favorite. You can saute` your mushrooms in a little extra Virgin Olive oil than add to your marinara sauce with some fresh basil and other herbs if you like. To serve cube some mozzerella and while dressing the pasta add the mozzerella. It will melt with the heat of the sauce over the pasta. Delish.

  19. aw fun! i feature a mushroom recipe on my blog today :) i love mushrooms in ANYTHING…stuffed, on top of pizza, in a sandwich…can’t go wrong!

  20. I love sauteing mushrooms in a little butter and white wine, adding some thyme, and serving the mixture over polenta.

  21. This is so intriguing! I like mushrooms on pizza and in numerous pasta dishes. :)

  22. I like sliced shroomies on my pizzas with olives and peppers.

  23. Cindy B. says:

    I would use my fresh mushrooms on pizzas!

  24. Cindy B. says:

    I like Back to the Roots on Facebook.

  25. I really love mushroom risotto. It really captures the flavor, especially when including white wine.

  26. Cheryl W. says:

    I love using fresh mushroom in a homemade mushroom soup. There just is nothing better! I have always used cremini (cause that is all that is available here, but I would love to try these. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter.

  27. Cheryl W. says:

    I like Back to roots on Facebook. (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom)

  28. This is a fantastic and fun idea. I love trying new things. :) I liked them on facebook and commented.

  29. I LOVE to use mushrooms in my philly cheese steak sandwiches that I cook in Marsala wine. Yuuum delicious!

  30. I love putting fresh mushrooms on a flatbread with arugula, olive oil and pine nuts!

  31. I like Back to the Roots on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore

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