I bought Shiitake mushrooms from Sharon of Valley View Farm today, she is my 2nd of 100 strangers. The 100 Stranger's is a group I belong to on Flickr, I joined the 100 strangers group to further my photo journalism interest.
The McCann's own 60 forested acres. During the economy downturn they were looking for ways they could make money with their land without cutting down the trees. They discovered Shiitake growing through a program at Missouri University's agriculture outreach. It's an interesting process:
Inoculation is placing the spawn into the logs so that the
Shiitake fungus can grow through the wood. Holes are usually
drilled into the log, filled with spawn, and then covered with
wax or other material to seal in moisture and protect against
contamination. Once the Shiitake fungus colonizes the log the first 'fruiting' takes place in roughly 18 mos.
You can purchase some delectable Shitake's or their farm fresh eggs next weekend, Saturday, October 13 from 9-12 at the Farmers Market at The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis for the last market of the season.
They will continue to take orders and meet you at The Meadows after the Farmer's Market closes for the season. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Friend them on FaceBook.
McCann Forest Farm/Valley View Farm Warrenton, MO
Contacts: Richard, Sharon & James McCann
Eggs, Shiitake Mushrooms, produce, craft lumber, laundry soap
This picture is #2 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page
|Valley View Farm Shiitake Mushrooms|