Holiday Shipping of Grow Kits... No Crystal Ball

Shiitake log ready to ship

We're receiving a lot of inquiries from customers wanting to know the optimal time to order a grow kit to have shipped for the holidays, so we thought it was time to write up all the answers!

Shiitake grow kit in shipping box with mushrooms growing out of the hole

The photo here is a close up of one of our grow kits after shipping and sitting on the customer's kitchen counter for a few days. You can see the mushrooms are eager to grow and trying to push through the plastic bag and out the vent hole in the box! Our grow kits are alive and ready to grow, so success depends on you being ready to properly care for them. This leads to a lot of questions about ordering schedules and shipping. 

Unfortunately, the answers to questions about shipping are imprecise and dependent on the following variables:

1. Our grow kits growing exactly as we predict. However, they are living organisms and sometimes they have their own schedule. 

2. We have a limited quantity in production for each week and this is our first holiday season shipping grow kits. If orders exceed our production plans, shipping will be delayed by a week or two as we catch up. 

3. Shipping companies. Need we say more? 

When to order your grow kit? 

Generally, we ship the blocks within 10 days of receiving the order and shipping takes 2 - 5 days, so your block will arrive between 5 and 15 days after you order it. 

Order soon if you can start growing the block in early December and want to enjoy freshly harvested mushrooms for your holiday parties.

Order in early December for delivery closer to Christmas. 

Order in late December for delivery at the end of the year or early 2022. 

Be ready! As you can see in the photo, the grow kits are eager to grow. Ensure you are ready to nurture the grow kit for 7 - 10 days. If your holiday season is hectic or the recipients are traveling, consider ordering later in December so they can grow their mushrooms after the holidays.

Store the block in the fridge (out of the cardboard box) if you need to buy a few days before starting it. 

Remember, our grow kits are living organisms. Extend the same care and concern as you would give a potted plant or a seedling and be ready to support its growth soon after arrival.

We are unable to schedule shipping for a later day. Orders are processed as we receive them.

A more predictable option to is sign up for our January GYO Class. These blocks will ship on January 2nd and you will be invited to join our 3-part class via zoom. This class is a wonderful way to share the mushroom growing journey with friends and families across the miles. 

We also offer gift cards so the recipient can order on their schedule.

Pickup grow kits in person on Saturdays in December at Fat Moon Farm. These must be ordered in advance via email To do this send your order via email and specify when you wish to pickup. Pickups times are Saturdays between 12 and 4pm at 41 West St, Westford, MA. Please note, our online block orders will ship (there's no way to opt for pickup with online orders.) 

In summary, we are a small business selling a living, perishable product. We do not offer overnight or rushed shipping and we ask for your patience as we manage our own supply chain through the holiday season. We promise to fill and ship orders just as fast as the grow kits are ready. 

If you want to give a non-perishable mushroom gift, visit our friends at Nearby Naturals where you can purchase dried mushrooms, supplements, and tinctures. 

Thank you for your support of our small business. We are grateful that you share our enthusiasm for mushrooms!                          

                                                                                - Farmer Elizabeth