Several books are available on outdoor and indoor cultivation. We no longer carry books because you can order via Amazon.com and other internet sites. There are many excellent wild mushroom identification guides available as well as books about Kombucha and medicinal mushrooms. For mushroom cultivation outdoors on hardwood logs we recommend “The Shiitake Growers Handbook” by Przybylowicz and Donoghue as well as “Growing Shiitake in a Continental Climate” by Krawcyk and Kozak (currently out of print). “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms” by Paul Stamets contains chapters detailing indoor and outdoor cultivation on both Shiitake and Oyster. There are internet sites with quite a bit of information on mushroom cultivation. For information about kombucha we recommend “Kombucha: healthy beverage from the Far East” by Gunther Frank as well as “Kombucha Rediscovered!” by Klaus Kaufmann (Alive Books). You will find comprehensive information about Kombucha on the internet at www.kombucha.com and other sites.
We will custom sterilize bags of your substrate recipe (grain, sawdust etc.). Minimum order required. Call 416 402 9755 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inoculated logs for your backyard or cottage. See the picture of Shiitake below. Please note that we do not provide raw logs for inoculation. If you are planning to do an inoculation project you must secure your own logs. Logs should be cut after leaf fall in the autumn and before leaf bud in the spring; they can ‘rest’ over the winter laying off the ground on a skid or other device to keep them off the ground, covered with snow. Do not leave exposed logs in full sunlight during the winter — cover with burlap or a tarp that can ‘breathe’.
Spawn is the name for the mushroom inoculant which is a culture (of mycelium) grown out on various media. For log growers we have bulk sawdust spawn and sawdust plug spawn. For sawdust block growers we have grain or sawdust spawn.
SHIPPING OF SPAWN OUTSIDE CONTINENTAL NORTH AMERICA POSES SEVERAL PROBLEMS:
- A PHYTO-SANITARY CERTIFICATE FOR SHIPPING LIVE MUSHROOM SPAWN FROM YOUR AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT WILL MOST LIKELY BE REQUIRED AND SHOULD BE OBTAINED BEFORE ORDERING, OR YOUR ORDER MAY BE HELD UP AT CUSTOMS. DELAYS WILL LEAD TO DAMAGED OR DEAD SPAWN.
- SHIPPING CAN ONLY BE DONE BY COURIER AND WILL BE VERY EXPENSIVE.
WE SUGGEST ORDERING CULTURES THAT YOU CAN PROPAGATE YOURSELF AS THEY CAN BE MAILED AND WILL PROBABLY NOT BE HELD UP BY CUSTOMS.
For European spawn please contact Menno Haveman or Sjoerd”s Shiitake in Holland
Prices quoted are in CANADIAN DOLLARS. Orders must be prepaid either by check – no credit cards or pay pal. Shipping is extra via Canada Post or UPS. Ontario residents are subject to GST on books and GST+PST on equipment. Please contact us by e-mail and we will get back to you with a quote. We will need full address information in order to calculate shipping charges.