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Grow Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs for Moms Who Love Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are fun and different and they get a lot of attention: and you can eat the fresh shiitakes. They're a truly unique gift for moms who love mushrooms, gardening, or cooking gourmet dishes.

The logs, from Lost Creek Mushroom Farm, are actual organic oak or similar hardwood logs impregnated with shiitake spawn. Contrary to the usual ideas about mushrooms growing in the dark, shiitakes prefer light and thrive indoors with plants or outdoors in shade. The logs will grow shiitakes every two months with regular soaking in non-chlorinated, room temperature water. "Shocking" the log with ice water starts the mushrooms 'fruiting.' They are ready to harvest within two weeks. The logs will produce for three years or more.

Shiitakes are a favorite among mushroom lovers because of their deep flavor and meaty texture. They are high in protein and low in fat. An all-natural whole food, log-grown shiitake mushrooms are known to strengthen the immune system, help regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

According to Lost Creek Mushroom Farm shiitake grower Doug Williams, "Most food stores carry only shiitakes grown on sawdust, which taste flat and don't have the same potent health benefits as log-grown shiitakes." Lost Creek Mushroom Farm kits come with instructions and recipes and are guaranteed to produce.

"People who love mushrooms and have never had natural shiitakes are in for a treat," Williams added. "It's a lot of fun to watch the little white buds pop through the bark and then fill out to become beautiful, brown shiitakes."

Information about mushroom log kits, the health benefits of shiitakes, and shiitake recipes are available online at

To order by phone or request a free brochure, call 1-800-792-0053. Brochure requests and orders by mail go to Lost Creek Mushroom Farm, P.O. Box 520, Perkins, Oklahoma 74059-0520.

Sandra Williams
Lost Creek Mushroom Farm


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