Oak Savanna Mushrooms and Veg produces ethically and sustainably grown gourmet shiitake mushrooms and vegetables in Garber, Iowa, near Elkader. The farm is located atop a 1200-foot high ridge covered with prairie and forest, nestled deep in the bluffs of Driftless northeastern Iowa. Farmer William Lorentzen, along with co-farmer, co-owner, and freelance sustainable agriculture writer Adrian White, combine their farming fortes into a surprisingly happy and sustainable whole.
In the past, both Will and Adrian managed Echollective Farm & CSA (Will for 6 years, Adrian for 3) in Mechanicsville, just north of Iowa City, Iowa. During that time, Will began his own growing initiative specializing in shiitake and oyster mushrooms in 2012, along with an ethical Swine CSA that ran for 3 years. A land opportunity with the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) brought the farm up to northeastern Iowa in late 2016, finally starting its own independent operation on independent land.
Shiitake mushrooms are grown on hardwood logs that are ethically and locally sourced. Vegetables are produced using sustainable and environmentally responsible growing methods, including healthy soil building, cover cropping, and minimal chemical use (save for organically certified pesticides).
Over the years, Oak Savanna’s gourmet mushrooms have found their way to many a plate in local restaurants such as Share, Basta, and Clinton Street Social Club in Iowa City; at Sauce in Cedar Rapids; the Palisades Cafe in Mt. Vernon; Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon, Iowa; and many others, both past and future. Products have also been available at the New Pioneer Co-op’s three locations: Iowa City, Coralville, or Cedar Rapids.
Our mushrooms and veggies will be taking Iowa farmers markets by storm: the Downtown Cedar Rapids, Downtown Dubuque, and Cedar Falls markets to name a few, and soon to come to northeastern Iowa restaurants!
If you would like to get in touch with Oak Savanna Mushrooms and Veg to get involved with mushroom or vegetable production, purchase products, or have any questions,
William Phone: 563-321-2829
Adrian Phone: 507-574-2033