Forrest Pritchard is a full-time sustainable farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding a BA in English and a BS in Geology from William & Mary. Smith Meadows, his farm, was one of the first “grass finished” operations in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for nearly two decades. Pritchard's first two books received starred reviews from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and NPR, and his latest book is set to debut in 2018.

17 responses to “How Are Mushrooms Grown?”

  1. Katje Scott

    I grow Oyster Mushrooms in New Mexico and i was wondering why you use black plastic. I use clear and wanted to know if it made a difference.

  2. Jennifer Lee

    As someone who eats at least a carton of shiitakes a week, I really appreciated the tour and seeing where my shrooms come from! Thanks, Forrest and Phillips Farm!

  3. Trista

    That was such a cool virtual tour! Thanks for enduring a beard guard for us, and for taking lots of pictures. I remember the incredible quality of the Dupont Market mushroom lady and always wanted to see her operation. MMMMmmmmmm, maitake! Shiitake! Mouth watering now.

  4. Libby@Everything's Coming Up Green

    This was so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Suzy

    I am curious – TV chefs keep telling us to not wash mushrooms like we wash vegetables because they soak up the water. They all suggest simply wipe them with a damp towel to remove the dirt. So isn’t that not sanitary if they are grown in manure? I am thinking of all the diseases that transfers through the fecal-oral route…

  6. Cookie Kinder

    What an intertesting tour. Thank you. Am sending this to my son. Know he will like it too.

  7. Carol Bentley

    I really enjoyed this, Forrest. Thank you.

  8. VP1979

    Loved the tour. Simply awesome!

  9. Shirley helman

    I will always wash mushrooms. I never soak them just rinse good. I will never eat mushrooms in a restaurant. Don’t care how they bake the dirt.

  10. lala

    “A million pounds a day” seemed awful high to me. Their website says 35 million pounds a YEAR. Also, dammit, it’s spelled “shiitake.”

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