SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – In this day and age of DIY (Do It Yourself), it seems everything is up for grabs.  Scotch Plains Public Library will offer a workshop on home mushroom cultivation on Monday, July 30 at 7:00 pm. featuring Rob Aptaker, an expert in growing and foraging for mushrooms.

Aptaker will speak about the process of inoculating spawn into logs to grow shiitake, oyster, and other gourmet varieties at home. In an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Aptaker elaborated on the process.

"You'll have mushrooms in about three or four days, (once you inoculate the logs)," said Aptaker. About 45 days after you harvest, your log will be ready to produce again. A typical inoculated log will produce one year of fruit for every inch of diameter; 4-5 inches yields four to five years of mushrooms."

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"It becomes a passion," said Aptaker. "The process of inoculating is absolutely therapeutic. I think the same way gardeners find weeding meditative. And the results are so delicious."

Aptaker will bring inoculated logs to show the mushrooms’ development. He will also offer logs for sale to any interested participants, for under $20.00 per log. The Philadelphia Daily News article can be read in its entirety at Copies are available to read at the Scotch Plains Public Library’s reference desk.

Anyone interested in attending can register through the library’s website: or by phone: 908-322-5007, x.204 or e-mail The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town. More information about the library’s programming can be found at