It will soon be a year since we purchased our two commercial grade dehydrators, thanks to the Next Stage Grant from the Mill City Farmers Market! It’s time for an update on how these dehydrators have changed how we provide mushrooms to MCFM and other customers. The quality of the new dehydrators has really shown… Continue reading Dehydrator upgrade…a year later (almost)
We are grateful that we’ve arrived in a new year and we hope it is a better year for us and for all of you! Our New Years tradition is to look back over everything we accomplished the year before and then make some goals and plans for the new year. Every year when we… Continue reading Happy New Year!
We are not moving, thank goodness! We have way too many logs to ever move this farm again. But we did move a building this last week! As mentioned in our late-October newsletter, we have a shed on the farm that we wanted to move and repurpose into a new fruiting chamber. The idea was to… Continue reading Moving time!
How has it only been two weeks since I last reached out to say hello? With all that is going on in the world it feels like our last email update was two years ago! Back then, it was October and it was freezing cold and snowing day after day. Now we’re into November… and the… Continue reading Coping Skills and Getting Organized
Hello fall and… October?? This snowy scene is from last Tuesday. It has snowed a little almost every day for the last week and the temperatures have been very cold, making this look and feel more like January than October! Even so, the high tunnel is staying just warm enough for a last few shiitake… Continue reading Fall Projects Begin!
I took a spin through the stacks of mushroom logs this afternoon and there were so many baby mushrooms! With the temperatures crashing down into the 20s and 30s overnight, these mushrooms will mature v e r y slowly and it’s possible many of them will just freeze on the logs…but we’ll see. Maybe we’ll have enough… Continue reading Baby mushrooms!
Cooler temperatures have arrived – in fact, we saw a few overnight lows in the 30s last week! It’s time to think about all the projects we want to get done before the snow flies. We decided to paint the garage/shed even though the whole building probably just needs to be replaced. Hopefully a good… Continue reading Here comes fall!
Back in March and April Jeremy taught two mushroom basics workshops (online!) and folks put together log kits in their own homes as Jeremy showed them how. So we ended up with two oyster log kits of our own. We set them up on the counter in our laundry area and put a piece of… Continue reading Log kit check-up
I am definitely not talking about how hot and humid it is right now! I’m talking about these fabulous new dehydrators that we got thanks to a grant we received earlier this year from Mill City Farmers Market! Thank you folks who donate to the market charitable fund and to the market for choosing us… Continue reading It’s a dry heat
This has been a busy weekend for us! We are finally, soon, going to call it quits on inoculations for the year. The goal for the year was 5,500 logs. We are currently at about 5,368. So close! But Jeremy has decided to quit when the spawn runs out or the end of the day… Continue reading The end of inoculations and the beginning of force-fruiting