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Just had a feed of shiitake mushrooms. Really nice. There's a story behind them.... A few years back some neighbors got into mushroom farming on a small commercial scale. I did some work for said neighbors, lopped some branches off an oak, and they kept the branch logs for growing mushrooms. Mycelium pegs etc. The were growing oysters mostly, indoors on loose substrate, but wanted to try log piles as well.... Anyway, the mushroom business eventually folded due to outside factors. I was there today, helping to move some furniture, and was given some shiitakes from the log stack. They were still fruiting several years later.... Just wondering if anyone here grows for themselves? As tree people we are in uniquely good position to aquire fresh oak logs, which is apparently what you need for shiitake. Fresher the better, they say you should inoculate the logs the same day they are cut from the tree.