This year we've added another 300 logs to our mushroom farm in the Hudson Valley. Each log needs to be drilled, then filled with mushroom spawn and closed up with wax to keep pests away. The vast majority of our oak logs are filled with shiitake spawn; we also continue to experiment and add other varieties including chestnut and oyster mushrooms. We used maple logs for the oyster and chestnuts. Shiitake mushrooms are the only outdoor variety of mushrooms that can be force fruited--this allows us to plan for weekly harvests, while other types of mushrooms like oysters, will fruit based on temperature and moisture conditions that we can't control.
We hope you enjoy this short video showing how we inoculate our logs at Hudson Valley Mushrooms.
Visit us often to see updates on how log-grown shiitakes come to life at Hudson Valley Mushrooms.