From the beginning, our chefs have worked to build connections with local farmers so our guests could enjoy great responsibly-sourced food that has a positive impact on our planet. Some of these connections were formed on the spot at Table 47, including our partnership with Adam of Adam's Mushrooms.
Since meeting Adam, we've been using his locally grown and foraged mushrooms in some of our favorite dishes. So, recently we sat down with Adam to learn more about what it takes to become an expert!
His story begins in Scotland, after hearing an inspiring speech by American Mycologist, Paul Stamets. Stamets is a known Medicinal Mushrooms advocate, with celebrated speeches on mushrooms, and their save-the-world medicinal capabilities, like eco-restoration.
Fascinated, Adam began studying Fungiculture on his own. At the time, he lived in an international community in Findhorn, Scotland, working at a local community kitchen.
In the evenings when the kitchen closed, he utilized the space to practice cultivating mushrooms. He laughs, remembering the funny looks he was met with from passerbyers - but he kept experimenting day after day, perfecting his growing skills which would eventually lead to starting Adam's Mushrooms.
Adam met his wife Astrid while living in Scotland, and their mutual passion for growing mushrooms eventually led them back to his childhood home in the Pacific Northwest. The question then became: what do we do now, and where would we would find supplemental income while starting his own business?
The answer came from a combination of his passion, knowledge and local resources. By turning to their abundant backyard surrounded by woods, expansive beaches and tall mountains he found tons of forageable food, as well as a niche for his business. In turn, Adam's resourcefulness and sustainable practices have guided his journey, and helped him create fruitful partnerships, including our own!
Now, years later, he and Astrid have a baby girl named Agnes, and their mushroom business is thriving. Adam continues to strengthen his connections within the community, and Table 47 is thrilled to be one of them.
You can find Adam's booth at various farmers markets in the South Sound, and his mushrooms in many of our seasonal dishes, year round! Bon appetit!