SHIITAKES, GOLDEN OYSTERS, GRAY DOVE MUSHROOMS
SOON THE HARDNECK GARLIC WILL BE DRY
In July 2012 we came home from trip to FL, I had read a mushroom catalog while there and we became interested in inoculating a few logs. A few days later while waiting for our mycillium order to arrive David found out a neighbor had logs in the woods behind his house and would share his knowledge. So we set out to learn a new hobby. Then within two weeks the neighbor offered to sell his operation, I asked my husband could I have his 401k and the rest is history.
A four mile move of 2064 producing logs and our farm was into a big flush. Seems jostling and bouncing of the logs causes fruiting. Mycillium reacts to season, temperature, moisture and movement. A quick study on the web helped with resources and marketing. We were not able to get into the local farmer's market so we sold what we could and discovered that dehydration produced a very useful product. Mushrooms must be looked twice a day. there were several 20 hour days. We planted hardneck garlic which is considered a specialty. With flavors from mild to hot and large cloves of various colors it is sure to please. I got busy collecting information and in November applied for Certified Organic certification. It paid to be organized and into the details as we were approved in January 2013.
Fall and winter we finally got to inoculate logs. Around the shop wood stove we worked and bundled logs of six varieties. The older logs have been fruiting. So now as our first year ends we have spotted the pinning on the newly inoculated logsand await the fruits of our labor to please the taste buds of our customers. And the hardneck garlic is drying and ready to entice with special aromas and flavors. We welcome visitors to our little piece of the high country.
mushrooms, hardneck garlic, reishi
From Boone, NC take NEW421S toward Wilkesboro, turn right 2 miles out of town on Old421 travel for 3.5 miles, turn right on Elk Creek Rd and go 5.7 miles. We are on The left. Come across the creek to greenhouse and shop.
8AM TO 6PM DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY after 1PM
IT IS BEST TO CALL AS MOST LOGS ARE OUT OF SIGHT AND WE DON'T WANT TO MISS YOU if we up the mountain.
Watauga County Farmer's Market, through NROG, at the farm shop and on the log