Shiitake Mushroom Logs
Note: most of these are sold locally and are picked up by appointment. However, we now can ship these to the lower 48 states!
Grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home in your back yard!
All you need is a shady spot and some patience. These make a unique and diverse addition to your home garden and landscape. They can be arranged in artistic arrangements. They can be stacked link-n-log style, stood up on end, or just lay it down on the ground.
What is a mushroom log?
Fungi are one of natures' decomposers. They breakdown materials and some form a visible mushroom as part of this process (fruiting). It takes shiitakes weeks to months to decompose enough material to fruit. We are selling a limited number of 2'-4' long, 3"-8" diameter locally sourced oak logs that we have inoculated with sawdust spawn. Presently we buy our certified organic spawn from Field and Forrest Products. Here is a chart to help you compare each strain. This year we will be inoculating 5 strains.
The logs we inoculated this spring and will need to complete their spawn run at your home for 6 to 18 months before their first fruiting. When you pick them up, we can show you the signs to look for before they will fruit and tell you how to care for them. They require barely any maintenance. Your main concerns will be to keep them in a shady spot and watered to ensure they don't dry out. They will fruit for 3-5 years, until the mushroom mycelium has consumed all it can from the logs. At which point, you can toss it in your compost pile.
Blank Logs: Maybe you want to inoculate logs on your own by buying plugs online. You may want to do this because you can't find a particular type of mushroom for sale in this area or you want to save some money by putting in your own labor. You can buy oak logs from us if we have them available and save yourself the time, labor, and the risks involved with felling a tree. Ask us about these for $7 each.
How do I order?
These tend to sell out within weeks so please order when available and preorder what you're interested in.
- Select your strain, or select "surprise me!"
- Select your quantity, add to cart, repeat with other varieties/products, and check out online.
- We will then contact you to arrange a pick up window. We can either meet you at the farm in person and give you a tour and mini lesson or we can leave your order in a designated location on our farm to be picked up.
- Special Bulk Pricing is available for orders over $100 (6 logs or more $18 each, 20 logs or more for $16.50 each). We will apply your discount and refund money after you place your order, or if you contact us we'd be happy to put together a quote.
When you pick up your order, we can also go over the details involved in force fruiting. This will result in predictable, heavier fruiting.
We'd be happy to have you swing by the farm to pick up your order. It's really not worth shipping or delivering this. However, they will easily fit in the front or back of any car.
Photo credit: Field and Forrest Products, https://www.fieldforest.net/pdfs/Shiitake%20Strain%20Chart.pdf
Shiitake Growing Guide from Cornell
The most helpful section for new customers starts on page 23 of this document (spawn run and incubation). Click on the link below and you will find all the information you need to care for your shiitake logs once you take them home from us.