In the various markets where forest grown shiitake mushrooms are sold (farm stands, restaurants, farmers markets, etc.) consumers pay a considerable premium for forest grown mushrooms compared to the same species of mushrooms grown indoors on sawdust and sold primarily in grocery stores.

Along with initiatives to convince more consumers that forest-grown mushrooms are superior and the price differential is justified, consumers need a way to distinguish forest grown from sawdust grown mushrooms.

Additionally, there has been an expressed need for some clear standards of practice and “quality control” such as grading standards for mushrooms.

In 2015, Small Farms Staff worked alongside a team of advisors to develop standards for the “Certified Naturally Grown” Label.    READ MORE HERE