One thing we hope to provide to our CSA members (which has doubled since last year!) is farm grown mushrooms (and wild harvested - I can't believe I never blogged about our bounty! This year).
We've decided to start with shiitake mushrooms since they're pretty easy to grow, and lots of people like them. Shiitakes grow well in Red Oak, and we have a lot of that on our property. We ordered some mushroom spawn and some inoculation tools from Field and Forest.
Here's how you inoculate a log with shiitake spawn in our usual photo montage fashion. :)
|Here's Anna in action. You can see several holes she's already drilled. The wood chips did go flying a bit, but we noticed they mostly flew sideways and not up. So, for safety reasons...|
|Always wear eye protection when your face is at log level. You'll notice the farm manager supervising his apprentice from a safe distance in the background.|
|After holes are drilled, you use another super tool to stuff each hole with spawn. This tool is perfectly sized to push a plug of spawn into the predrilled holes. They seriously have this down to a science.|
|It's best to work on some overhead presses while moving newly inoculated logs to the next station...|
|They were unimpressed with our antics...|