The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

May 16, 2011

Meet the Farmer: Nicola Macpherson - Ozark Forest Mushrooms

ozarkforestmushrooms-95rMeet Nicola at the Maplewood Farmers Market at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Nicola Macpherson began Ozark Forest Mushrooms over 18 years ago, specializing in oak  log-grown shiitake mushrooms on the family-owned farm in the Missouri Ozark region. A British Citizen who lived on the Welsh border before arriving in Missouri in 1990, Nicola worked for the Missouri Botanical Garden for three years before starting up her mushroom business.

The farm, called Timber Farms the Sinks, is located along Sinking Creek in the Big Springs region. The area abounds with vast tracts of oak forests and clear clean springs. This microclimate provides the ideal conditions for growing wild simulated shiitake on oak logs that produces the best tasting shiitakes.

Ozark Forest Mushrooms harvest a renewable supply of mushroom bed logs while at the same time maintaining the forest in a healthy ecological state. To further ensure the quality and integrity of their product, the mushrooms are organically certified. Your support of this product promotes sustainable forest management and contributes toward the rural economic development of the Ozark region.

Nicola and Ozark Forest Mushrooms will be featured at the first SLOWednesday of 2011 on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30pm in the Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks. SLOWednesday occurs on the second Wednesday of each month between June and October, and is presented by Slow Food St. Louis and the Schlafly Bottleworks. Each month a different farmer from the Maplewood Farmers Market will speak about their farm, giving you the opportunity to get to know your food, its origins, and most important, its producers. The culinary staff of the Schlafly Bottleworks will also cook a special meal utilizing products from the featured farm.