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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to grow mushrooms?
At our facility it takes about 50 days from compost start to begin of harvest and approximately 80 days from start to finish of a crop. You can learn more about growing mushrooms by downloading this information packet provided by Penn State University.
 
2. Do you grow your mushrooms in caves?
No, some operations in the eastern U.S. and parts of Europe do still grow in caves, however, we grow our mushrooms indoors. Here is a picture of a growing room.
 
3. How many acres on your farm? Does it take a lot of land to grow mushrooms?
See question 2 and it depends on the size of your buildings and how high you can stack the growing beds.
   
4. What are mushrooms grown in?
Many individuals believe that mushrooms are grown in manure. This is not entirely correct, they are grown in well composted organic materials and fruited on the surface of peat moss. Compost recipes vary widely, but our's is comprised primarily of wheat straw, dried poultry waste, some cotton by-products and lots of water, which is then aerobically composted and turned repeatedly over the course of 28 days. Please note that each component used in the compost are by-products of other processes.
 
5. Do you grow "funny" or psychedelic mushrooms?
No, the only funny thing we sell here are the Yo-Yo's in the company store. If you watch them spin long enough it kind of seems psychedelic.
 
6. Do you give tours?
No, we do not give tours to the public due to safety and hygiene concerns.
 
7. What is the shelf life of mushrooms?
Generally, mushrooms have a 9 day shelf life from date of packaging. There are many factors that affect the shelf life of mushrooms including, temperature, moisture, and time. Mushrooms should be kept at 34°-36° F. Also, you should only wash mushrooms right before use. You can find the date your mushrooms were packaged, stamped on the label. It is in Julian Date format. The Julian Date is the number of days since January 1. For example, the Julian Date for September 25 is 268. You can find the Julian Date on most calenders in a format like 268/97. Click here to download a Julian Date wallet card. This will assist you in determinine the calendar associated with the Julian Date on your package.
 
8. Do you sell mushroom compost?
Yes, we sell mushroom compost. Click here to learn more about the uses of mushroom compost and the pricing information. You can purchase compost at our facility on Monday-Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Also, you can learn more about mushroom compost, on our blog, by clicking here.
 
9. Can I purchase mushrooms at your facility?
Yes, we sell mushrooms at our facility. We sell mushrooms in 5 lb. or 10 lb. boxes. Availability of our products may be limited due to production levels and/or our primary customer's demands. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can find our address and directions by clicking here. For payment we accept cash or check. We do not currently accept credit/debit cards.

 


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