As we mentioned back at the beginning of March, we got a grant from the Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (through the Lakewinds Food Co-op). With the funds we purchased the Okuda “Pegasus” Semi-Automatic Inoculation Tool. Sounds fancy, huh? It is actually pretty fancy! Okuda is a Japanese company and they make these inoculator machines individually,… Continue reading Introducing: our very own Pegasus
We were the recipients this year of a grant from the Mill City Farmers Market to help start up some indoor mushrooms. Our outdoor season is mostly over so there is finally time to start building the indoor fruiting chamber and getting mushrooms going. Last weekend we cleared an area in the pack shed and… Continue reading Indoor fruiting chamber is under way
Last weekend I was looking at the Almond Agaricus bed from afar. You may remember from a couple months back when we started that bed. We dumped in compost, the spawn, and then covered it all in a layer of straw. And now the bed was covered in grass! Darn grass. I was worried about… Continue reading Hello Almond Agaricus!
A lot has been going on the last week or two at the farm. We finished moving all the newly inoculated logs out of the fruiting house. They are enjoying their summer home in the sun-dappled woods. Even though the weather is still a little bit weird, we decided to start force-fruiting so the first… Continue reading A flurry of activity
Did you miss us? We have had the farmers market the last two weeks and I meant to send updates at least whenever we had a market, but things get busy for me (the farmer’s wife) during this season. Not that Jeremy hasn’t been busy – there are lots of projects going on at the… Continue reading Winter Projects
Last Sunday we had our Open House. It was fun to show the whole operation to a few folks, including “neighbors” from down the road in Rice Lake and a friend we hadn’t seen in years. After touring around checking out all the mushrooms and fruiting areas, we cooked mushroom brats over the fire, then… Continue reading Farmer of the Month
It seems like you can read all about us on the farm website, but there isn’t actually that much about US – the actual farmers. Who the heck are we? Some of you know exactly who we are (hi family!) but others of you either signed up for our newsletter at a farmers market and… Continue reading Who’s your farmer?
Last week we took advantage of the long weekend for a road trip and some work on the farm. (To be clear, Jeremy, as a farmer, NEVER has weekends; but I, the farmer’s wife, definitely have weekends.) Jeremy has been thinking about buying a fancier tool for mushroom inoculations. Field & Forest, located near Peshtigo… Continue reading Road trip!
One of our neighboring farms is Sleepy Root Farm. We met them last fall when they came to our first open house. (Yes, we will have another open house! Eventually!) We now have a mushroom add on with their CSA. Last weekend Sleepy Root hosted a party on their farm for all the local farmers… Continue reading Spore!
More excitement on the farm last week: we got our new watering system installed! Mushroom farming takes a fair amount of water. In addition to all the water for the soaking tanks (as mentioned last week), we need to water the logs occasionally to keep them from drying out and we water in the fruiting… Continue reading No more “Old Faithful”