Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future It’s almost the sixth week of harvesting log-grown shiitake and culinary herbs and I confess, that I am a bit weary, not so much from the physical work that goes into the growing, maintaining and harvesting but rather the business aspect. Considering that we would be producing more mushrooms this year than last year, we started… Read more →

The Student Becomes the Teacher

The Student Becomes the Teacher Anyone that is a teacher by profession knows how much pride teachers take in witnessing some of our students go on after high school and become teachers; it is a feeling that is hard to describe other than to have a large smile on your face when watching them perform in a classroom setting. At… Read more →

A Labor of Love Indeed!

Labor of Love Indeed My wife and I have just finished our second season growing shiitake mushrooms and culinary herbs for restaurants and nearby farm stands. I think I finally know what is meant by niche farmers; we specialize in growing certain crops and catering to those who love and appreciate the bounty produced. We also consider ourselves niche farmers because… Read more →

Dried Shiitake and How to Put Them to Good Use

How to Put Dried Shiitake to Good Use Now that the season of fresh log-grown shiitake mushrooms has ended, the big question is what to do with dried shiitake mushrooms. In contrast to fresh ones, dried shiitake add a stronger flavor to a dish because one pound of fresh mushrooms has its flavors condensed to just an ounce and a… Read more →