Mushrooms and More – A Recap from a Vendor Workshop

By October 19, 2015 Farm Education No Comments

At FMO, some of our vendors hold educational workshops, classes and farm field days throughout the year that are open to the public.  This weekend, some of the FMO crew had the opportunity to attend one of these workshops, hosted by Matt and Nora Trammell of Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm in Humansville, Mo!

The mushroom growing workshop was held at Matt and Nora’s store/mushroom fruiting facility.  Matt and Nora explained to the workshop participants how they first became involved in growing mushrooms, and how their business grew to incorporate the store, and mushroom sales at three farmers markets: the Overland Park Farmers Market, Farmers Market of the Ozarks, and the Branson Landing Farmers Market.  Matt then gave an informative presentation on what mushrooms are, the benefits of growing and eating mushrooms (turns out mushrooms can help clean up oil spills, and are being used medicinally to try and treat dementia!), and some tips on how to grow tasty ‘shrooms at home.

An inoculated shiitake plug

An inoculated shiitake plug

Drilling the plug holes

Drilling the plug holes

After the presentation, the group headed outside for some hands on mushroom inoculating!  Matt and Nora provided each participant with their very own mushroom log – everyone drilled holes on each side of their log, 4 inches apart, that were then filled with inoculated shiitake plugs (the plugs were wooden dowels cut into small pieces and coated with shiitake spawn).  After tapping a plug into every hole, the plugs were then coated with melted soy wax to seal them in tight.

Sealing the mushroom log with soy wax

Sealing the mushroom log with soy wax

After learning how to inoculate the logs, Nora did a demonstration of how to plant mushrooms in a garden bed using grey oyster spawn, straw, sawdust, and newspaper.  Her demo was followed by a delicious five course meal that featured many local ingredients, including Matt and Nora’s mushrooms!  Each participant went home well educated and fed, with an inoculated mushroom log and a bag of grey oyster spawn to plant.

Learning some mushroom facts

Learning some mushroom facts

You can find Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm at the Branson Landing Farmers Market on Tuesdays, and Farmers Market of the Ozarks on Saturdays.  Visit their website at www.trammelltreasures.com and find them on Facebook and Instagram!

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