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These shiitake mushrooms grown by Toshio Hashimoto of Rumford won a judges’ award in the Exhibition Hall at the Common Ground Country Fair.

These shiitake mushrooms grown by Toshio Hashimoto of Rumford won a judges’ award in the Exhibition Hall at the Common Ground Country Fair.

February 6, 2020

“In Maine,” writes Roberta Bailey, “mushroom cultivation is spreading like its mycorrhizae. Farmers inoculate piles of shredded wood or straw with mushroom cultures. Shiitakes sprout from plug-filled logs. People grow bags of them on counter tops. Wild foraging proves bounteous in the Maine woods.” Even now, in the depth of winter, consumers can find organically grown or wild harvested mushrooms at farmers’ markets. Bailey offers several mushroom-based recipes in her Harvest Kitchen column, “Mushrooms: The King of Umami, and More,” in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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