We have started the process of cultivating shiitake mushrooms here at 47 Daisies. We are 1/2 way through the process, and hope to start harvesting possibly as early as this fall. When all is said and done, we'll have approximately 80 logs ready to grow mushrooms on our "mushroom trail" in the woods (even though it looks slightly like something out of "The Blair Witch Project").
I really had no idea what the process was to grow mushrooms until Dylan started this project. When I first saw the amount of logs he'd cut to grow them on, I started to get the idea that this was much bigger than I'd imagined (like most things involving Dylan). We ran into a problem when we had to wax the holes that the mushroom spawn was inserted into. The night prior to the process, Dylan says to me, "So do you think I can either use your griddle or crock pot down at the barn to keep my wax warm?". I just looked at him, I'm sure, with this blank look on my face...then finally said that probably wasn't going to happen. Things have a way of disappearing when they go to the barn, and I'm kind of fond of both my griddle and my crock pot. The solution was to move the whole process up by the house and have Kade run in at pretty close intervals to melt the wax, since it was pretty cold outside that day (go figure...). It all worked out well in the end, even with Eilah trying to pull all the wax plugs off the logs once they dried.
Shiitake mushrooms are a great addition to our farm. There are endless things you can do with them, fresh or dried. I was actually reading an article about pickled shiitake mushrooms! Kade and Dylan would LOVE that, I'm sure. I think I could even get Kade to eat a mushroom if it was pickled. :)
For more information on the process, feel free to contact us!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )