One of my favorite photos. My great great great grandfather, Hayden Wilson, (with the beard and powder horn), and other relatives and men from the hills of the Lost River, West Virginia area. Taken before 1898.
So a couple of weeks ago, Emily, Allie, my mom and I decided to trek to Backbone Food Farm in beautiful Garrett County, Maryland for their annual Shiitake mushroom inoculation weekend. We went last year and had a great time. Growing my own mushrooms has always been on my agenda for things to try. It really isn’t that hard to do and is a lot less complicated than I was thinking it would be. Max Dubansky, the owner of the farm, showed us last year how it’s done. First, holes are drilled into oak logs that are freshly cut. Fresh cut is important because the sugars in the green logs are what the mushroom spawn feed off. Second, you take about a peanut sized amount of spawn with your fingers and pack it into the holes in the logs. Max had spawn he had purchased from a company. The spawn is mycelium and smells very earthy and feels damp and a little spongy.
After the holes are packed with the spawn, the logs are brought to a table where the people in that area take a brush and cover the spawn with hot wax.
The logs are stacked and have to be kept moist for the next year! After about a one year period they are soaked in water for 24 hours. Once removed from the water, they will start to sprout the shiitakes!
It was a definitely a fun process and each year we have met people from all over the US.
Here’s another great link to read about cultivating your own mushrooms! Check out Mushroom People!
Welcome and glad you stopped in!
I’m Cyglenda Miller and this is my blog, West Virginia Mountain Mama. First, let me give you a little background info about me – My dream as a young girl growing up in Western Maryland was to own a farm and to live a simple, satisfying life. My dream became a reality when I turned 25 years old. My husband and I bought a small farm in the Potomac Highlands of Wild and Wonderful, West Virginia. Here we have raised three children – two daughters and a son. Fast forward to the present, and what seems like a blink of an eye, my kids are now adults. (Oh, how did this happen!) My oldest daughter is the mother of two daughters, Emily and Alison. They are definitely the apples of my eye and of course they do no wrong! Emily, Alison and I share the love of doing so many things together here in the mountains of West Virginia. Cooking, crafting, gardening, genealogy and preserving our home grown goodness always keeps us as busy as a bee. Stay tuned as we share adventures of our fun filled, simple life!