Did you try Wendy’s Portabella sandwich last fall? How about a slice of mushroom pizza? Any fungi on your salad recently?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, and you live anywhere close to the East Coast, then chances are your mushrooms were grown at Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania. The vast, nondescript warehouse-style buildings of Phillips Organic Mushrooms produce shipments approaching 1 million pounds of mushrooms a week. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a big load of shiitakes!
I recently had a behind-the-scenes tour of this farm, seeing for myself how mega-scale organic mushrooms are grown. Join me as I walk down a path of manure and fungus, exploring the fascinating, funky world of mushrooms.