Dirt Pic: where to get local Shiitake mushrooms

Mike Corse, Pierrepont, drops off a shipment of shittakes at Nature's Storehouse in Canton. Photo: Lisa Lazenby.

Mike Corse, Pierrepont, drops off a shipment of shittakes at Nature's Storehouse in Canton. Photo: Lisa Lazenby.

Not a lot of locally grown mushrooms in the North Country, but at least one St. Lawrence County farmer is trying to fill the niche.

Mike Corse of Pierrepont grows Shiitake and other kinds of mushrooms on his property at Deep Root Farms. He cuts four foot long logs and stacks them in a moist, shady place. Then he drills holes and innoculates them to start the mushrooms growing. It's a fascinating process, which Mike's wife, Maria, details in this blog post:

When logs produce a white star like pattern on the ends, have actual mushrooms popping out, or if he feels they should be ready, Mike puts them into water to soak for 24 hours. Our system for soaking them is a bit unique; we have a canoe that is filled with rain water collected from the eaves.

Mike and Maria sell their mushrooms at Nature's Storehouse in Canton, where he works.

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3 Comments

  1. two thumbs up mike !

  2. Next year truffles eh?

  3. Looks great! I've got a few logs inoculated in the back yard. I will be over the moon if I get any shiitake out of this experiment.