We just picked our third large harvest of shiitake mushrooms from the logs we inoculated last summer with close to 1,000 shiitake plug spawn—an ingenious present from my sister. The first big crop came in the spring, then the logs went dormant again, producing only an occasional mushroom (frequently lost to slugs).

A lot of rain a couple of weeks ago resulted in very large mushrooms sprouting in our woods. Although we wouldn’t consider eating any of them, they did inspire us to check our shiitake logs. To our delight we found lots of mushrooms—and yesterday we picked even more.

Cherisse has been incorporating shiitakes into different dishes, however if we get another round we’ll have to dry some for winter use. That will carry us through until next spring when the logs (hopefully) begin again.


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