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Island Mushrooms
Contact: Peter Cummings
Address: 13618 SW 244th St. Vashon, WA, 98070
Email Address: cummingspeter61@gmail.com
Phone: 206-931-1923
About Us
I have been teaching myself how to grow Shiitake Mushrooms going on 4 years now. This is the first season I have begun pulling it all together so I can produce regular small volumes of Shiitake mushrooms and Wine Cap mushrooms. I'm a small operation, which is the way I like it. I grow as much for curiosity and interest as for product to sell, but I must admit having regular home grown Shiitake and Wine Cap in our home diet has truly been a culinary improvement :)
Practices
My Shiitake are grown on Alder logs using a plug spawn method. Once plugged the logs sit for up to a year, before being ready to fruit, I grow a workhorse strain called WR (wide range) 46. This strain responds well to being soaked to force regular, heavier fruiting. It's an all natural process.

I've recently added Wine Cap mushrooms (Stropharia rugosoannulata) to my operation. These mushrooms are a gourmet version similar in size to portobello mushrooms, with a meaty texture and full flavor. They are grown in partial shade of a bed of leave mulch, straw and hardwood chips. This is an all natural process as well.