Don’t Kill My Buzz! that is the logo of the new Ironstone Meadery in Erie. We have wine, craft beer and now mead. What is mead? The owners call it golden elixir..it is a fermented honey drink that originated in … Continue reading
Yikes! It’s Friday the 13th! Don’t be paraskevidekatriaphobic! So appropriate for October while we look forward to Halloween and all things haunted and creepy. What do we suggest to celebrate this season? People ask me if the buildings of the … Continue reading
Making the same cookies can get boring! I know, everyone loves the Chocolate Chip cookies, so I don’t DARE not have those out…but sometimes you just want something different. Today is a bit gloomy…and I see the gallon jug of … Continue reading
Sometimes I just want to try and make something difficult…just to see if I can. Last summer, while visiting the King Arthur store (It’s in Vermont and has a WONDERFUL bakery) I bought this book “Extraordinary Cakes” by Karen Krasne. … Continue reading
Not everyone is a wine lover. There are some people who prefer beer to wine. The Erie Visitor’s Bureau has put together the Lake Erie Ale Trail–so in the interest of providing more information for our guests, Assistant Innkeeper Paul … Continue reading
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
Like everyone, we have our own traditions here at the Grape Arbor! Of course we decorate! There are bunnies, chick, and eggs all around. And we bake…Hot Cross Buns (recipe given earlier), specialty Easter breads galore! But our family tradition … Continue reading
When the snow melts, and the roads are clear…my thoughts turn to..wine! 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
Everyone who knows me knows that I love my cats, Sweeney and Pirelli to death. But they are strange. Look very carefully at the picture above…Pirelli is happily eating his kibble…but, what else is in there? Rubber Bands. Rubber … Continue reading
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.
Our 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.
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!
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