Christopher G Williams

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since Sep 24, 2011
Ossineke, MI
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We tap our birch trees every year and just drink the sap. It is a wonderful, slightly sweet, mineral rich, health drink. Preservation is tricky though, as it is very prone to fermentation. Even kept in the fridge it will start to go sour within a week. If you leave it out in 50F temps it will start turning within hours. I imagine it could be pasteurized and bottled for long term storage, or maybe frozen, but that may lessen the health benefits.
3 years ago
Wow, very compelling! I'm absolutely buried in work right now but I'll try to shoot you a PM in the next few days.
3 years ago
Thank you for the kind words. I am really happy with how far we have come with our business. I think part of the issue now is that our particular local area isn't as conducive to our business as it could be. We are in a fairly remote, mostly rural area, probably not too unlike KY. I have very few complaints about our internet sales and exposure, but I think if we had a thriving local side to it also it could bring us to the next level.
That is a compelling offer. You are right, we are quite well established so it would be a difficult to pull up steaks. Ideally we would end up somewhere in Michigan, mostly so we can keep our name, but perhaps closer to the big population centers where we would have more of a market for our mushrooms. Either way I appreciate the offer and will certainly keep it in mind.
4 years ago
My wife and I have been running a mushroom farm for around 6 years now. We have been through many incarnations: at first mainly focused on medium scale gourmet production(oysters and shiitake) for farmer's markets, grocery stores and restaurants. More recently we have mainly been growing medicinal mushrooms for internet sales. We have had experience growing all varieties of oyster mushrooms, shiitake, king trumpet, lions mane, miatake, reishi, and nameko.

We are now at a cross roads, needing to find a new space to run our business. Before we commit to a new place in our area (Northern Michigan) and the debt that goes along with it, we would like to see what our other options might be. We have all the equipment needed to run a medium scale mushroom farm: pressure cookers, flowhoods, shelving, industrial fogger, and perhaps most importantly the knowledge. We are willing to at least entertain many different ideas and are open to traveling and working with different people.
4 years ago
My wife and I have been running a mushroom farm for around 6 years now. We have been through many incarnations: at first mainly focused on medium scale gourmet production(oysters and shiitake) for farmer's markets, grocery stores and restaurants. More recently we have mainly been growing medicinal mushrooms for internet sales. We have had experience growing all varieties of oyster mushrooms, shiitake, king trumpet, lions mane, miatake, reishi, and nameko.

We are now at a cross roads, needing to find a new space to run our business. Before we commit to a new place in our area (Northern Michigan) and the debt that goes along with it, we would like to see what our other options might be. We have all the equipment needed to run a medium scale mushroom farm: pressure cookers, flowhoods, shelving, industrial fogger, and perhaps most importantly the knowledge. We are willing to at least entertain many different ideas and are open to traveling and working with different people.
I was just researching this the other day, we have a great deal of it in our garden as well. It is supposed to be a pepper substitute, but I haven't found occasion to actually nibble on it. It had been known as Pepperwort years ago. It is also considered a 'medical irritant', so maybe be careful consuming... There is a good bit of information here: https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/smartw54.html
4 years ago
Sorry I don't have the source, but I did read that hazelnuts don't like too much nitrogen. And in my experience this is very much the case. I had two 2 year old plants that I nearly killed last year by over fertilizing. This year I only applied once in the spring and they are thriving.
4 years ago
Yep, red clover has purple flowers.
4 years ago
Looks pretty similar to the Schisandra I've got growing. I'll try to take a picture later for comparison. I do agree that it's a tough plant to grow...
4 years ago