We were delighted to finish inoculating our logs extra early this year. We've partnered with a neighbor who owns a woodlot that needs to be managed, and we can say that this year's logs are as local as you can possibly get!
We used mostly oak logs for our shiitakes and also added olive oysterling mushrooms. And, we are experimenting with beech trees to grow lions mane. In total, we inoculated more than 250 logs--all of these will be ready in 2021. It takes a full year for the logs to start producing mushrooms--although you can get lucky with early arrivals as early as the fall.
This year was especially difficult to inoculate our logs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since we started so early in March, we were able to have a few helpers, and we were truly grateful. However, knowing we needed to socially distance ourselves, we mostly worked with just the two of us each weekend to drill, fill and wax! We are excited to see these logs and their mushrooms come to fruition in 2021.
Visit us often to see updates on how log-grown shiitakes come to life at Hudson Valley Mushrooms.