Oyster Creek Mushroom Company grows, picks, and packages tasty mushrooms from Damariscotta.
When you think of Maine edibles, images of blueberries and fiddleheads might come to mind, not necessarily chanterelles and porcinis. But Candice Heydon, owner of the Damariscotta-based Oyster Creek Mushroom Company (61 Standpipe Rd., Damariscotta, 207-563-1076, www.oyster creekmushroom.com), begs to differ. Oyster Creek’s Maine Wild Mix, a combination of porcini, oyster, chanterelle, black trumpet, Hen, Chicken of the Wood, and morel mushrooms (available fresh or dried), is just one of the dozen products available at its Web site and at specialty food stores across the state. Oyster Creek offers an assortment of locally harvested varieties, including dried or fresh mushrooms, mushroom powder, or mushroom oils. Mix and match, or buy a gift box with a little bit of each. And if you are really ambitious, purchase their Shiitake Growing Kit and inoculate some mushrooms in fresh-cut oak logs in your own backyard!