At North Spore, we love putting together visual guides and vlogs to help you in all your mycological endeavors and to bring mushroom adventures straight to you.
Outdoor Mushroom Beds
North Spore visits Chuck from Shady Grove Farm in Western Maine, to see how he makes his outdoor mushroom beds. In this video we walk through making an outdoor wood chip bed inoculated with Nameko (Pholiota nameko) mushrooms, a composted animal manure bed for Almond Agaricus, and a simple straw bed for growing oyster mushrooms or wine caps or garden giant mushrooms (Stropharia rugosoannulata).
The monotub mushroom cultivation tek or method is how many professional indoor edible mushroom farmers get their start. It's the fastest and easiest way to grow mushrooms indoors for beginners. In this video, we will take you through the entire process of making a monotub and using it to grow manure loving edible mushrooms. The video includes segments on how to make your own master grain spawn using a culture syringe and injection port bag and optional upgrades to take your mushroom grow to the next level.
Mushroom Log Inoculation Videos
Complete Inoculation Walkthrough
Join North Spore's head mycologist, Jon Carver, as he goes through the steps of choosing and inoculating a mushroom log. Jon talks about choosing a correct tree to fell, inoculation techniques using North Spore sawdust spawn, and proper storage of inoculated logs. He demonstrates using an inoculation tool, 12mm specialized drill bit, and angle grinder adapter with shiitake spawn on oak logs.
Trio of Tools Demo
Log Kit Unboxing
In this video, North Spore's lead mycologist, Jon Carver, unboxes a shiitake log kit and inoculates an oak log. First time growing mushrooms outdoors on logs? North Spore's Outdoor Mushroom Log Kits contain everything you need to get started including spawn plugs, wax, a drill bit, and wax applicator.
Oyster Mushroom Recipe
How to cook mushrooms for somebody who says they don't like mushrooms! We used to make this recipe at our farmer's market stands. It's converted many people who thought they hated mushrooms into weekly customers. This oyster mushroom recipe is a simple and delicious way of utilizing mushrooms grown from one of our Oyster indoor grow kits.
Ingredients: 1-2 lb of fresh oyster mushrooms
1 Tbsp dried thyme, or 2Tbs fresh thyme
1Tbsp heavy cream
2 cloves garlic
1 Tsp Sea Salt, plus more to season
1 Tbsp salted butter 1 tsp crushed black pepper
1) Mince garlic cloves and set aside 2) Trim oyster mushrooms of any substrate if necessary. Roughly chop them 3) melt butter in a large pan on medium/high heat 4) sauté mushrooms for 5 minutes, until they release their liquid 5) add minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper 6) cook for at least 20 minutes. Liquid should be completely cooked off and the mushrooms should be beginning to brown in the pan 7) deglaze the pan with heavy cream and serve immediately
You can also amend the recipe by adding 1/2 cup of dry white wine when you add the garlic or by adding 1 Tbs of madeira when you deglaze the pan. Rosemary, sage, parsley, or lovage all make fine substitutions or additions to the thyme.
Common Ground Fair
Every third weekend in September North Spore heads to the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. The Common Ground Fair is the event of the fall here in Maine. Come visit us, make a Shiitake log, and learn about mushroom cultivation!
Foraging Class at Pineland Farms
Every fall North Spore heads to Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, to lead foraging classes helping local Mainers learn what's growing in their woods! Make sure to sign up for our newsletter for notifications on future classes!