One emerging need for aspiring shiitake mushroom growers is to source sustainably harvested small diameter logs, known as “bolts,” for production. Bolts need to be free of defects and scarring on the bark, and are usually around 4 – 8” in diameter and about 36” long. Suitable species include Oak, Sugar Maple, Beech, and several others. A factsheet outlining the specifics is posted below.
Firewood dealers, loggers, arborists, farmers, and landowners are encouraged to read this document outlining the details of buying and selling bolts for shiitake production, and submit a listing to our online directory below if interested in offering bolts for sale to others.
The economics of selling bolts can be very profitable, as the going price for delivered bolts equals around $2 – $3 per bolt. Extra care and attention must be paid to ensure the quality of the logs is maintained during harvest and transport.
Bolts should be harvested as part of sustainable forestry practices. The fact sheet outlines resources and considerations to ensure management supports the long-term health of New York’s forested lands.
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Spawn and Inoculation Suppliers
We do not endorse or recommend any particular spawn producer but rather provides this reference of suppliers in alphabetical order. Like with a seed company, it is recommended that you check out a supplier and ask good questions before making a decision.
Field and Forest Products (Wisconsin)
N3296 Kozuzek Road
Peshtigo, WI 5415
Fungi Ally (Massachusetts)
Fungi Perfecti (Washington)
Order Line: 800-780-9126
PO Box 7634
Olympia, WA 98507
Mushroom People (Tennessee)
560 Farm Road
P.O. Box 220
Summertown, TN 38483 USA
Mushroom Mountain (South Carolina)
129 Merritt Rd
Liberty, SC 29657
Mycosource Inc (Ontario, Canada)
: 21 Maple Avenue
Canada M4W 2T5
Farm: R.R. 1 Goodwood ON Canada L0C 1A0
North Spore (Maine)
Phone: (207) 845 -3500
Smugtown Mushrooms (New York)