An afternoon Cultivating Shiitake Mushrooms(Day 1)

Yesterday we spent a few hours helping out at the Boyter Family Farm in Fonthill to learn about the process of cultivating mushrooms by working hand in hand with them. Here are a few photos from the first stage of cultivating shiitake mushrooms with a brief description below each as well as a link with more in depth information if you’re interested.

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Violet and the pile of cut Maple logs, we used for cultivating. It’s recommended to use a hard wood for Shiitake Mushrooms such as oak, birch and beech along with a few others are also options for  the process. 
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Drilled holes for inoculation approximately 1 inch in depth.
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Drilling the holes to later fill with shiitake spores.
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Melting bees wax using an old crock pot as a double boiler. 
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Hardened block of bees wax that was later melted for capping the holes filled with spores.
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Using a bent spoon to cover the holes.
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 Maple logs filled with mushroom spores and capped with bees wax.  

Farmer’s Markets in the Niagara Region

The C&G Team have created a list of local Farmers’ Markets in the Niagara Region with links to their contact information, locations and current vendors. We hope you find this resource helpful whether you are visiting the Niagara Region for a short time or if you’re a local.IMG_0190

FORT ERIE

GRIMSBY

LINCOLN

NIAGARA ON THE LAKE

NIAGARA FALLS

PELHAM

PORT COLBORNE

ST. CATHARINES

WELLAND

Any additions or changes please contact the C&G Team and we will be happy to make the required adjustments.