Although I contacted the creator of the Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms stand before I began writing my last post on this unusual entrepreneurial roadside endeavor, I did not hear from anyone until after I decided to go ahead with the post. Since I still wanted to learn more about the mushrooms and to meet the woman behind them and the stand, we agreed to meet.
Chai Hung Nelson is the agricultural entrepreneur behind the Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms stand and owner of Leelanau Mushrooms. After taking courses from Cornell University’s Small Farms Program in Shiitake Cultivation, she decided to give growing them a try. On some wooded and swampy acreage she and her husband own in Leelanau County she makes her Shiitake Mushroom farm. Since this property is remote, she decided to sell the mushrooms in a more visible location at the corner of M-22 and CR-641.
When asked about sales to local restaurants and attendance at local farmers markets, she says she is working to get the incubation, initiation (forcing) and fruiting timing sorted out. She explains that when growing mushrooms in the traditional method; out-of-doors, one is more beholding to the unpredictable whims of weather and Mother Nature. However, she is learning to work within this unpredictability for a more consistent supply of her delicious mushrooms. I’m more than happy to be able to get them from her stand almost all summer long. For a recipe, visit my post: Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms in Leelanau County.
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