Welcome to the Blue Owl!

Blue Owl Garden Emporium herb farm offers locally and sustainably grown culinary herbs, edible flowers, herbal seasoning blends and teas, and a variety of other herbal concoctions. With about 200 dried herbs available during the winter and as many as 175 fresh ones during the summer, it's likely we can fill your every culinary herb need. All grown in Licking Co. Ohio without synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

We also offer culinary mushrooms, grow-your-own mushroom logs, native fruits, and various other forest edibles in season from our forest farm, Blue Owl Hollow. Our mushroom selection is seasonal and includes: shiitake, nameko, mukitake, several oysters, wine-cap stropharia, lion's mane, reishi, and maitake. Not content with mere comestibles, we have a growing line of forest-derived crafts, such as rustic "rosewood" buttons (cleverly created from that invasive shrub every forest landowner loves to hate, multiflora rose!), fatwood firestarters, and Swedish log candles.

Our fascination with unusual-but-useful plants ensures that we always have something of interest on hand. Blue Owl products are sold at several Central Ohio farmers markets and small businesses. Come visit and support the local economy!

Early 2020 News: Mushroom Workshare time again!

Yup, that's pretty much the biggest thing on my mind right now: how to get more than 350 bolts and 70+ pony logs inoculated before spring planting time! In case you're wondering, that's roughly 2x as many logs as usual. Why so many? Well, when life gives you a big split maple threatening to fall on the house AND AEP contractors cutting back trees under 800' of powerline, then you make more mushrooms! And that means plenty of opportunities for the rest of you to learn more about small-scale mushroom production while earning credit towards your very own log. Here's how it works:

Every Sunday afternoon (noon-4) and Tuesday all-day (10-6) for about 6 weeks in very early spring, you have the opportunity to join me in renewing Blue Owl Hollow's mushroom production infrastructure by inoculating new hardwood logs with various types of culinary mushroom spawn. You'll learn the process and have the opportunity to earn your own log to take home. This year we'll start Sunday, Mar 9 and continue through Tuesday, Apr 21 (or until we use up all 300+ lbs of spawn!). It's almost time, sign up now! Email if you are interested. The workshare dates are:

Can't make it at any of those times? There are a couple of other opportunities to learn about Home Mushroom Production hosted or sponsored by outside groups. See Classes and Workshops listed below for full details.

Blue Owl Sabbatical is underway....

Just a reminder that we are on sabbatical for the first half of 2020 (for the full announcement, see Old News). As stated, we'll not disappear completely, but our market dates will be reduced Jan 2020 through early Fall 2020. As far as market products go, not much will change for our winter market selections; the main difference you'll see at the summer market will be fewer fresh herbs for sale. We'll focus on dried herbs, herbal teas and seasonings, and fresh mushrooms, but fresh herbs will be available only by request. As always, we encourage customers to contact us with such requests, which we will fill if possible.

And despite our absence at the market, we'll still do classes and host the annual Blue Owl Mushroom Workshare in the spring (see above). With a bit more flexibility in our schedule, you may see us participating in other activities around the area. Who knows where we might pop up?

Classes and Workshops:

Blue Owl offers occasional classes at the historic Keller Market House in downtown Lancaster, OH (as well as stocking Blue Owl products for sale there). Here's what's currently on the schedule:

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020. Mushroom Production for the Home Grower class. 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Mushrooms make a wonderful complement to freshly harvested herbs and vegetables from your garden and are not any more difficult to grow. In this workshop, learn about a straight-forward log inoculation technique suitable for small-scale production of several different culinary mushrooms. Not all mushrooms can be cultivated this way, but shiitake, oyster, and lion's mane are examples of choice edibles which, given the right situation and basic maintenance, will thrive for years in your yard, shade garden, or woodlot. Log harvesting, site selection, care of inoculated logs, and various mushroom cultivation resources will also be discussed. Sign up on the Keller Market House website.

For the first time, Blue Owl will be partnering with the Licking Park District to offer a hands-on mushroom inoculation workshop. Here are the details:

Sunday, Apr 5, 2020. Mushroom Production for the Home Grower hands-on workshop. Noon - 4 pm at Blue Owl Hollow, Newark OH; sponsored by the Licking Park District. Same topic as the Keller Market House class described above, but this will be a hands-on workshop. Each participant will have the opportunity to inoculate a grow-your-own shiitake log to take home. $40/person. Limited to 10 participants, registration opens March 1st.

Markets:

Worthington Winter Farmers Market, Worthington, OH - The Worthington indoor farmer's market season continues through April. We'll be inside the Worthington Square mall every other Saturday, 9 - noon. For exact 2020 market weeks, check our 2020 Schedule below.

If you can't find us at a convenient time or place, remember that Blue Owl products are available year-round at Keller Market House in Lancaster OH and Brasseur's Botanicals in Newark OH or by appt for pickup at Blue Owl Hollow.

2020 Blue Owl Schedule:

Nov 3, 2019. Worthington Indoor Winter Farmers Market begins!
Saturdays 9 AM - noon, November through April, inside the Worthington Square mall, Worthington OH. Blue Owl will attend the following weeks:
  • Nov 2, 9, 16
  • Dec 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Jan 11, 25
  • Feb 8, 22
  • Mar 7, 21
  • Apr 4, 18
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020. Mushroom Production for the Home Grower class.
6:30 - 8:00 pm at Keller Market House, Lancaster OH. Learn about a straight-forward log inoculation technique suitable for small-scale production of several different culinary mushrooms. Sign up on the Keller Market House website.
Sunday, Apr 5, 2020. Mushroom Production for the Home Grower hands-on workshop.
Noon - 4 pm at Blue Owl Hollow, Newark OH, sponsored by the Licking Park District. Learn about a straight-forward log inoculation technique suitable for small-scale production of several different culinary mushrooms. Each participant will have the opportunity to inoculate a grow-your-own shiitake log to take home.
May 2, 2020. Granville Farmers Market summer season opens!
Saturdays, 8:30 AM - noon, downtown on Main St. between College and Broadway, Granville OH May through the end of October. Very much subject to change, Blue Owl is likely to be at market these Saturdays:
  • May 2, 9, 30
  • Jun 20, 27
  • Jul 11, 25?
  • Aug 15, 29
  • Sep 12, 19, 26
  • Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

Past news items of interest, including links to various presentation materials, are also available.

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