Growing GREY DOVE OYSTER Mushroom Block Review - Field Forest Products

in homesteading •  10 months ago


Our homestead has been using Field Forest Mushroom products for the last couple years with pretty good results. Growing mushrooms can be a low maintenance extra crop for your homestead. They are packed full of vitamins, nutrients and have various medicinal values as well.

NOTE: Great project for families or children! They will love watching this grow!


Until now, we have been growing Shiitake and Wine Cap mushrooms on the homestead with fairly good results. And now we are expanding into Oysters that will make it easier to possibly propigate our own mycelium and continually grow our own on a regular basis.

So we ordered a Grey Dove Oyster table top block from Field Forest with the intention of growing a few mushrooms and then using the rest of that block to inoculate bags of substrate. The first flush of oysters is in and we will begin the process of making new bags and future mushrooms.

Here is the block as it was when it arrived in the mail.


For about 2 weeks, there was no activity. Then suddenly we saw pinning coming out of the slots that we were instructed to cut into the plastic covering of the block. This was our first set of pinning we saw coming out.


And then about a day later, pinning erupts from the other side of the block!


At this point the mushrooms are off to the races and we are getting fast and amazing growth every day!


And they keep growing...


...and growing!!


Now they tell you that you should not eat Oysters raw but I confess I have and had no ill effects from them. I thought they were delicious! In fact, everyone tried a bite and gave their approval of the earthy and nutty flavor.
We could totally get used to growing much more of these!


So I would call the table top block from Field Forest a success. Now, I could let the block rest and then allow it to grow more future flushes in the weeks ahead. But the purpose of this block is to use the included substrate to inoculate other substrate bags. The longer you wait to do this, the more the chance the current substrate will become tainted with harmful bacteria or mold.

Stay tuned for future posts on how our Oyster expansion turns out. We are planning on making substrate bags full of 50/50 small wood chips and rice hulls with a secret ingredient only to be named in a future post.

Have you ever grown mushrooms before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Zac do you have Lion's mane grow in your area?


Not that I know of. But it looks interesting. Field Forest sells the mycelium for those who want to grow it.


Won't grow where I am.

We tried growing Shiitake's about 2 years ago but had no luck. We got the plugs that you hammer into white oak. Maybe it is time to try again with these table top blocks. Thanks for sharing.


The best luck I had with the shiitake is by putting in the plugs but you MUST use white oak and you MUST cover the plugs with wax. When we did that, we had success.

Very nice
Mushrooms are great have been growing them for a few years now mostly shiitake and oysters.DSC_0045 (1).JPG
Oysters grow great on fresh hardwood stumps and give every year for years while eating the stump for you.


Very nice. Love the pic.


A picture of shiitake fruiting in the back yard fruiting on sugar maple. Any oak is the best to use for shiitake but they fruit on a number of hardwood species. Oak last a little longer because it holds on to its bark better.
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We have not grown mushrooms before, but it is something we want to learn more about.


They are fun. Lots of people doing it with many different methods.

You Can Sell Those Things For A Handsome Profit! I Go Mushroom Hunting In The Summer Through The Woods Sometimes!


Too late...already eaten! :)


Lol Their Very Good!

This is a Brilliant article @mericanhomestead i have literally just written and posted a article on here on the #homesteading tag on log inoculation methods and reishi beds as im currently on a mushroom cultivation course here in the UK.
I was thinking only the other day that it would be amazing to see an article on mushroom fruiting bodies in their super fast growth stages here on steem,
and voila heres your post!.
I love this article.
Bless you for sharing, i hope to see more fun fungi articles from you in the future 😊


THANKS! Just bagged up 11 small bags of substrate today for more Oysters. I may post more about it tomorrow and then the result in about 3 weeks or so.


You should do it i would love to see the article in a few weeks on here 😊

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When the batch is bad is there a for sure way you know or is it touch and go. We are going to start trying to grow this year but I have not had time to do the extra research yet. Just want to make sure I don't kill someone. I also really like raw mushrooms.

I've been wanting to try growing some mushrooms for quite a while. I will probably start with button/portobello.

Do you (or you * Points finger at other readers * happen to know what the regulations are on selling home grown mushrooms in Arkansas? (The EATING kind! I'm pretty sure I know the regs on the other kind)


I have no idea about the regs about selling them. I would have no where to sell them anyway.

Great post! I had a look on android and there were no pictures. Linux the pictures show. I will resteem.

This is a great idea! Thanks for the post and the information on the company to buy these table top blocks from...when we are able to have some land of our own we would love to grow some mushrooms as well!

We love mushrooms, but here they can be very expensive, from $6 for a 4-ounce package of button mushrooms to $15 for a 6 6once package of Portabello mushrooms. I would love to grow some here but I think we are much too hot. It was 97 degrees here yesterday.

I have never grown mushrooms but it is on my list of things to try. I didn't know there were super easy products like this available!


Yeah, these are almost full proof ways of growing the mushrooms....but the real reward is taking the block after the first flush and then using that block to grow more blocks/bags. You can have mushrooms every month or so. The biggest issue is keeping everything sanitized. One little bacteria can ruin a whole bag.


I am interested to see how you do that and how it turns out!