Episode 55: Mushroom Music

This is episode number 2 in Arkansas, but very different from the frog catching.  In NW Arkansas where the beautiful Ozarks rule — a couple of hippies started growing shiitakes in the forest some 20 odd years ago.  Today, they are harvesting hundreds of thousands of pounds of the Japanese mushrooms off of logs.  It’s an impressive operation that only improves when you meet the owners Carole Anne and Curly… who both happen to kick it on the banjo.

  • Austintatious

    What a great episode – the people, the place , the mushrooms and watercress, the music, the blessed rain and tyhe excitement of the thunder. Well done, and thanks!

  • Lorri Downs

    Nice ! Well done folks !

  • Willowbendgarden

    OMG……that was sooo cool. You did a wonderful job of capturing Carole Anne and Curly’s important work. The music enhanced and invigorated the episode. This is the kind of road trip I will keep watching. Way to go Daniel and Mirra!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      thanks.  we like to mix it up.

  • applecustard

    what an awesome episode! i loved that there was just as much footage of the mushroom growing and harvesting as there was the preparation of the mouthwatering dinner. keep up the great work!

  • NaijaBros

    Well you can sing for your supper on the road, or you can just make the dang supper. Having those cooking chops makes for a unique interaction. Great stuff.

    • Anonymous

      it is convenient.  They were great cooks though, so we ate well when I wasn’t cooking

  • raveneye

    I thoroughly enjoyed this video and the folks portrayed.

  • John Deer

    Great one!  By the way, I haven’t seen a bad one yet. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmadams Mike Adams

    Awesome episode! Really enjoyed this one

  • Anonymous

    Interesting questions about the local food
    movement and how it might negatively impact even small family operations.

  • Lane

    Great job–the food, music, and the farm talk. I am so proud of Arkansas!

  • Sarah

    Awesome! brought on a smile to my day

  • http://www.janeannthompson.com Jane

    Really enjoyed this! And would really like to try that soup! 

  • Mitch

    Another awesome episode ! I could’ve eaten the mushrooms right off the grill. Great music. Keep up the great work.

  • Mexahippe

    Love the thunder in the middle of the Romanian fiddle tunes!!

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  • Adam Graffunder

    Do they have some kind of automation for drilling and plugging? When I have done that I could only get through about 6 logs before my drilling and hammering arm was pretty sore.

    • Anonymous

      Apparently u get really good at it when u do thousands

  • http://twitter.com/kevinkossowan Kevin Kossowan

    Cool operation, and great to have their music supporting the content. Nice one.

  • Guy P. Murdock

    I love what Perennial Plate is doing…, showing us all that there is always another way to eat.., and live. Simply! Without corporate control. ~~~~~~~~~~>

  • JDKIowa

    OK, I’m crazy hungry now.

  • Krislc458

    It makes me so happy to see more farms in our area surviving and thriving by doing things the right way. I can’t wait to pick up some of their shrooms at The Truck Patch in Mountain Home!! I really want to try that soup out.

  • Jasondkelly

    Does that song they’re playing have a name?  I keep coming back to this video because of how dulcet that song is. 

    • http://www.lynchgraphics.com David Lynch

      The tune is called Cintec de Phara (Song of the Glass). Their band is called “The Old 78s”

  • kwink74

    just found you guys..am obsessed!

  • Tgw601

    I echo that obsession!