Mississippi Mushrooms and founder Ian Silver-Ramp '10 featured on WCCO mid-morning show

Ian Silver-Ramp (B.S. Applied Plant Science ‘10) and his business, Mississippi Mushrooms, were recently featured on the DeRusha Eats segment on the WCCO mid-morning show.

While at the University of Minnesota, Silver-Ramp was inspired by CFANS professor Robert Blanchette, an expert in forest pathology. During his lab work with Blanchette, he became intrigued by the mysterious and magical fungus and its many elements. Silver-Ramp now grows approximately 500 pounds per week of exotic mushrooms on his farm - a warehouse in North Minneapolis on the Mississippi River. Mississippi Mushrooms is a high tech, certified organic, eco-friendly growing operation that supplies four varieties of mushrooms to chefs in dozens of Twin Cities restaurants as well as directly selling to the public at the Seward and Wedge co-ops.

The company's eco-friendly growing process is nearly as fascinating as the mushrooms it produces. The exotic mushrooms grown at Mississippi Mushrooms are wood-eating fungi, so the company uses locally sourced sawdust and spent brewer’s grain to create the substrate for mushroom growth. The fungus is then able to take these waste materials and create usable nutrients that people can consume. The growth of the mushrooms takes place within climate-controlled growing chambers that Silver-Ramp has complete control over on his smart phone. Once this growing process is completed, the mushrooms are harvested and the substrate is sold as a gardening compost. Silver-Ramp plans to keep finding ways to use his business to reuse waste products and grow other plants while producing green energy.

Mississippi Mushrooms is happy to have found its place in the adventurous food scene of the Twin Cities. For more information, find Mississippi Mushrooms on Facebook, Instagram, or check out their website: mississippimushrooms.com. You can also pick up fresh fungi from the weekend market, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-2pm.