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Farmers Market: Humble Fungi grows mushrooms in Aztec

Nathan and Cassi Brenner (holding Grace) with Humble Fungi sell mushrooms at Durango Farmers Market. Nathan Brenner grows the fungi in Aztec. (Nick Gonzales/Durango Herald)
Oyster, chestnut mushrooms currently available, more on the way

One of the most in-demand foods at the Durango Farmers Market is mushrooms, but the farmers at Humble Fungi won’t let that go to their heads.

“Like the fungi, we think humility is an important trait,” Nathan Brenner said. “We want to try to be humble and kind to people and loving to people.”

The fungus farm in Aztec has been growing mushrooms for little over a year, he said. Its goal, as stated on its Facebook page, is to make delicious and healthy fungus locally available.

As of yet, Humble Fungi has been selling oyster and chestnut mushrooms at the market, and it will soon have shiitake, lion’s mane and king oyster mushroom, Brenner said.

For those, who are not well-versed in the world of mycology, oyster mushrooms tend to be meaty and mildly earthy and sweet. Chestnut mushrooms are meaty and tender, but have a slightly nuttier taste – they’re especially good in stir fry, according to Humble Fungi.