Lake Erie Beer and Ale Trail–along the Wine Trail!

  Here in Pennsylvania Wine Country, we have been eagerly waiting for the openings of two local breweries that are to be attached to our wineries.  Finally…a date!  Arundel Cellars and Brewing Company is having their grand opening of their … Continue reading

Back on the Trail–Updates to the Lake Erie Wine Survival Guide

When the snow melts, and the roads are clear…my thoughts turn!  It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Tajana and I went on our travels through Lake Erie Wine Country to help you find your new favorite … Continue reading

Growing Mushrooms!


You all probably already know that we make our own bacon, and that our veggies in season come from a CSA. We also got our Thanksgiving turkey from a local farm, and grow a lot of our own herbs.

power drill and log being prepared for mushroom spore plugsOur newest venture is…growing our own mushrooms!  Intrepid Assistant Innkeeper Paul Roehl helped me (once I ordered the spawn, then promptly felt completely overwhelmed).  After reading an article from one of my favorite blogs (A Way to Garden) about growing mushrooms, I decided to give it a try.

I did a bit of research and purchased some spawn (I know, it sounds like it comes from a horror movie) of three different types of mushrooms –Oyster, red brick, and mitaki–from Smugtown Mushrooms.  Why there?  Well, they aren’t very far away–Rochester NY, so I thought the climate would be about the same.

close up of a log with holes plugged with edible mushroom spores

Each type of mushrooms grows best in a certain type of wood.  Here’s where Paul came in.
You had to pick the type of wood the mushroom grows in best, then drill holes for the spawn. Insert the spawn in the holes, then plug them up with wax.

And wait 6 – 9 months (just like a baby)!   We will see how they do over the winter!

logs with plugs of mushroom spores to grow edible mushrooms

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