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.
Hudson Valley Mushrooms is launching a new mushroom CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this summer. Our shiitakes will be available July - September 2020.
Hudson Valley Mushrooms CSA
Full shares - $192 for 12 weeks - Includes 1 pound of shiitakes per week
Half shares - $96 for 12 weeks - Includes 1/2 pound of shiitakes per week
To learn more and sign up.
Spring is the time to inoculate your logs with the mushroom spawn. We are gearing up for this season by sourcing our logs locally in the Hudson Valley, recruiting our work crew to inoculate, ordering our spawn, tools and wax, and scheduling the best time. We are looking to inoculate in March and April 2020. To sign up for a shift to be part of the spring inoculation and to learn more about shiitakes on logs contact us.
Visit us often to see updates on how log-grown shiitakes come to life at Hudson Valley Mushrooms.