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Wild bounty harvest

harvesting oyster mushroom cluster in a tree


Anna spotted some wild oyster mushrooms high up in a tree by the barn this time last year, but we could tell from the ground that they were a few days past that prime point of yumminess.

Today we harvested from the same tree the above oyster mushroom cluster and it looks and feels perfect. Maybe they just popped up yesterday or maybe the cold had a preserving effect but a few minutes climbing up a ladder was well worth the reward.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Nice find! I am seriously considering growing oysters next year, inspired by Anna's new book. I believe the area where I live is especially suited for fungi cultivation. What species of tree did you pick these from?
Comment by Monica Mon Nov 26 07:49:08 2012
Monica --- These came off a dead box-elder, I believe --- that's one of our most common very soft trees, and oysters do like the soft ones best. (Not "softwoods", meaning pines, though.) Good luck with your mushroom adventure!
Comment by anna Mon Nov 26 07:53:04 2012





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