Mushrooms are the newest addition to our farm. While wanting to maximize the food-production possibility at our farm we have started exploring "forest farming". We currently use our woods for their forest product (firewood/lumber) and sap offerings, but hope to expand into other avenues over the coming years.
We currently have three different types of mushrooms ready in Fall '16: Wine Cap, Shiitake, and Oyster. Much of the forested topography on our farm is hillside sloped, which lends itself to a crop like mushrooms. Being able to use the land inside of our sugar bush for something else is also necessary for farm viability. The maple sugaring season usually lasts just a few weeks during the spring. With weather patterns bringing more and more unpredictable sap runs we are trying to do our best to adapt to climate change.
Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins and also have essential minerals like selenium, copper, and potassium. They also contain beta-glucans which are helpful to the immune system. Try them grilled with one of our steaks, or with a garlic and lemon baked chicken.