Our first flush

All the work we have done for the past few months we have done with the faith that our methods of growing oyster mushrooms will work on a commercial scale and that we will be able to grow and sell enough mushrooms to make an economically viable business. Today we have our first indication that we are headed in the right direction. Our first batch of straw we inoculated three weeks ago is starting to produce mushrooms. It is great to see how well the mushrooms fruit from the food grade buckets that we get from Maine Meadworks. By re-using these buckets instead of the more traditional approach of using plastic bags we avoid the large amounts of plastic waste that is so common in mushroom production. This allows us to be a truly ecologically sustainable mushroom farm, now we just have to figure out how to be an economically sustainable mushroom farm.

Mushroom pins coming out of one of the holes in a food grade bucket salvaged from Maine Meadworks

Mushroom pins coming out of one of the holes in a food grade bucket salvaged from Maine Meadworks

That same cluster of pins 24 hours later

That same cluster of pins 24 hours later