Southwest Mushrooms

Southwest Mushrooms

10 Episodes

Southwest Mushrooms is an urban mushroom farm owned and operated by Michael Crowe aka Mushroom Mike. He grows some of the most incredible gourmet mushrooms available and loves sharing his passion for mycology with others - all from inside a standard warehouse.

Southwest Mushrooms
  • Blue Oyster Alla Gricia

    Episode 10

    After a quick harvest of blue oyster mushrooms, Mike brings them to Chef Zion at Tratto to prepare a unique spin based on the classic Roman dish pasta alla gricia.

  • Mushroom Farmers

    Episode 9

    This isn't your typical farm and these arent typical farmers. You won't find tractors or livestock but you will find farmers. Mushroom farmers. Cultivating gourmet mushrooms from ingredients as simple as sawdust and wheat bran.

  • PeddlerCon 2021

    Episode 8

    On August 24th, 2021, we celebrated Arizona's top culinary experts and their exciting restaurant concepts and products at PeddlerCon. This event was for industry professionals who forged new partnerships and tried some of the best food Arizona and California have to offer.

  • Shiitake Harvest

    Episode 7

    Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular gourmet mushrooms but cultivating them takes time and patience. It's a long 3 months in incubation until they're finally ready to grow and harvest.

  • Lab Work

    Episode 6

    A lot of mushroom farming takes place in the lab. Inoculating sterile substrate and sterile grain with mushroom mycelium. Working with liquid culture and grain spawn to expand the mycelium for large-scale mushroom production.

  • The New Lab

    Episode 5

    Proper sterile technique is essential for successful mushroom cultivation. From tiny little spores, the mycelium lab is where the mushrooms begin their lifecycle.

  • Final Flushes

    Episode 4

    Mushroom growth can be fast and aggressive. As a mushroom farmer, you're on their schedule.

  • Massive Mushrooms

    Episode 3

    These gourmet mushrooms are wood-loving species, meaning they don't grow in dirt or soil. Normally these mushrooms would be found in nature growing off of trees. To simulate that environment, sawdust is used as a nutritious substrate for mushroom cultivation.

  • The Mycelium Lab

    Episode 2

    Mycelium is the vegetative part of mushrooms. It's the biomass that feeds on waste and creates a network of fibrous matter. Growing and expanding this mycelium is one of the first steps in mushroom cultivation but instead of dirty soil, you need an extremely clean sterile environment for success.

  • Urban Mushroom Farming

    Episode 1

    In this episode "Mushroom Mike" shows the last steps of mushroom cultivation by loading and harvesting mushroom production blocks. While this is the end of the mushroom lifecycle, it's just the beginning of their culinary journey in soups, stews, sautees, and more!