US (MN): Local farm makes room for mushrooms

Local mushrooms are making both meals and medicine. Kalvin Stern and Rachel Davis own and operate Fiddlehead Knob, a mushroom farm in LeRoy, Minnesota. The farm is a 10-acre homestead that was owned and farmed by Davis’ grandfather.

Stern and Davis have always liked to hike as a couple. When they moved to Boone, North Carolina, after college, Stern began to learn more about foraging for wild mushrooms during hiking expeditions. The couple was also very involved in the local food scene in Boone. Stern worked at an organic farm and learned about growing mushrooms in outdoor beds.

When the couple returned home to Minnesota in 2018, they wanted to continue contributing locally grown food and started to make plans to open Fiddlehead Knob. They purchased the Davis acreage in 2019.

Fiddlehead Knob grows mushroom varieties, including shiitakes, lions mane, blue oyster, and chestnut. “We are most proud of our shiitakes,” Stern said. He describes them as having an aromatic flavor that fits into many different styles of cuisine.

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