Jeopardy Fans Rejoice: Original Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit Has Come Back to Lost Creek Mushroom Farm in Time for Holiday Gift Giving

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This week marks the return of the Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit with Its Own Soaking Tray. The tray kit was Lost Creek Mushroom Farm’s original, hallmark product for over 16 years until the tray manufacturer went out of business in 2010. Lost Creek’s 10-inch single log was featured in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine Christmas gift suggestions for 2010. The Tray Kit is back – at its 2010 price of $45.95, including shipping and handling. Lost Creek Mushroom Farm has seven mushroom log gifts under $50.

Shiitake Log Kit with its own tray for soaking, fruiting and resting. $45.95 or 2 for $80 shipped to the same address, s&h included.

It's unique, it produces for years, and it's fun. A great gift for mushroom lovers, gardeners and gourmets.
-- Sandra Williams, Lost Creek Mushroom Farm

It was news to many people that there is such a thing as a mushroom log -- until last week when a contestant on Jeopardy talked about how he was allergic to animals, so he has a pet mushroom log.

“People from around the country called to tell me. That was fun,” said Sandra Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm, where she and her husband Doug have been making shiitake mushroom gift log kits since 1993.

Their first kit was the Shiitake Mushroom Log with a Tray, a brand new, unique, upscale idea: Take a 14-inch long chunk of wood seeded with shiitakes and nest it in its own tray for soaking, “fruiting,” and resting. “It was the only mushroom log that came with a container and an unconditional guarantee.” For over 15 years the Tray Kit was the top of the line – until last Christmas.

“To make the log fruit (grow mushrooms), you soak it in non-chlorinated ice water for 24 hours. In 6-10 days you can harvest fresh, organic, top-quality shiitakes.” A log will grow mushrooms about every two months for years. Between fruitings, it “rests”; and every two weeks, soaks in room-temperature, non-chlorinated water. “You keep it in the tray for everything. It's a great idea and it works really well.”

Last year the tray manufacturer went out of business. “I hated to take it off of where it put us on the Top-Seller Award list,” Williams said sadly. “I finally found a tray that fits the logs, holds water, and is strong, durable, and attractive.”

In 2006, Williams was unable to get the trays in time for the holidays. “We met that challenge with a creative solution – the single 10-inch log kit and the Ma & Pa Kit with two 10-inch logs. With two logs, you can harvest every month instead of every two months. The logs are short and you can soak them in a pan or bucket.”

Last month Lost Creek launched the Queen Anne Kit as a new concept in shiitake log décor. “Shiitakes are beautiful and I wanted a beautiful way for people to show off their logs.”

Lost Creek Mushroom Farm expanded from the Tray Kit to seven kits, “a lucky number,” Williams said. Prices cover shipping and handling: the 6-inch ‘Shroomie at $18, 10-inch and 12-inch single-log kits ($30 and $37), the 12-inch Queen Anne at $48 and the 14-inch Tray Kit at $45.65. The Ma & Pa Kit and the Shiitake Gift Basket, with a ‘Shroomie and an array of shiitake products, are each $49.95.

“We have the ‘Best Buy’ – two Original Log Kits with Trays – for $80, a savings of $12, shipped to the same address. They'll produce every month by alternating the producing log. Or, you can share. Our motto is ‘Give one as a gift and keep one for yourself.’

Kits include a ready-to-fruit hardwood log (such as oak or gum); instructions and recipes. Logs at least 10 inches long are guaranteed to produce. The Shiitake Sampler Cook Book, Shiitake Dip Mixes, ‘Shiitake Happens’ Bumper Stickers, and more products are available on the Lost Creek Mushroom Farm website,, and selected products are on at slightly higher prices. Phone orders and brochure requests go to 1-800-792-0053, and mail orders to Lost Creek Mushroom Farm, PO Box 520, Perkins, OK 74059.

Lost Creek Mushroom Farm donates a portion of sales to its non-profit Mushrooms in Ghana Project.


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