Hello, I am your farmer, Dale
A great selection of alder logs, eh?
Mid winter is a good time to inoculate logs. The molds and other contaminates from the forest are all taken out of the air by the amount of rain we get. Plus as the weather warms the myocilin has a complete summer to colonize the whole log.
Rather then use plugs to inoculate our logs we use a different approach. It saves us a lot of time per log, lowering the cost for our customers. We cap the ends with mycelia, taking advantage of the natural flow through the capitularies of wood.
We use sterilized corn to grow our mycelian. After injecting the bags it takes a month or two of darkness until ready to use.
Much of farming is lifting and carrying stuff. The logs are 25 – 30 lb each and give a good workout if you spend time moving them around. Oysters will grow on many trees. We use alder because it is a very easy to obtain at reasonable rates
Sealing the mycelia in with pie plates gives us varmint protection. Wrapping in plastic prevents drying. We store them over winter in our heated building at over 70 F.
When the weather warms, the logs are stacked outside on pallets and we wait. It can take as long as an additional year until the logs are ready to flush. Keeping them moist during hot weather can sometimes cause a summer flush. Mostly the conditions are perfect twice a year.
We only sell logs that have had a flush. We have done all the waiting and now you get to have a log that will produce mushrooms the first year.