Attakapas Study Club learns to raise mushrooms


The Attakapas Study Club of Crowley has had a busy two months, first meeting on Oct. 9 at the home of Liz Regan, and then attending the Nov. 8 Veterans Day Program at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings.

After the business portion of the October meeting at her home, Regan presented a program entitled, “Growing Mushrooms.”

Regan, who has been working with mushrooms for over 10 years, raises Shitake mushrooms, which cannot be eaten raw.

She began by showing the group logs that she uses to raise her mushrooms, explaining the very involved process she uses. Regan drills holes in the logs, plants the mushrooms and tops the hole with hot wax.

Regan related that the process must be started in January because the temperature makes the mushrooms bud. They produce twice in a year. Regan originally became interested in growing mushrooms as a way to earn money, but has ended up growing them to eat and to give away.

Following the program, Bettie Duhon and Barbara Lengefeld served refreshments which included Shitake mushroom soup made by Regan from some of her mushrooms. 

There were 15 members and two guests present at the October meeting. Members attending included Ella Bertrand, Erma Breaux, Jackie Buescher, Bettie Duhon, Jerrie Fontenot, Shirley Griffin, Barbara Lengefeld, Gerry Meche, Gloria Pousson, Joanna Pruitt, Liz Regan, Dot Simon, Jeri Stevenson, Ethel Thibodeaux and Roy Lynn Trahan. Guests present were Gerry Domingue and Donna Ancelet. 

In November, club members brought gifts to the residents of the War Veterans Home, enjoyed the program and traveled to Lake Arthur to have lunch at the Regatta Restaurant. A short business meeting was held at the restaurant.

Members attending the November meeting were Erma Breaux, Jackie Buescher, Bettie Duhon, Barbara Lengefeld, Bonnie Matirne, Gerry Meche, Jean Oubre, Joanna Pruitt, Jeri Stevenson, Ethel Thibodeaux and Roy Lynn Trahan.

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