email@example.com (Glenna Rose) wrote in message
not really. Growers routinely achieve efficiencies over 100% (weight
of produced mushrooms versus dry weight of soil). But they are labor
intensive, and very perishable. Supermarket mushrooms are terrible -
definitely one veggie worth growing, specially considering that
homegrowing is not labor intensive.
On Tue, 05 Aug 2003 15:01:55 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Glenna
Yep. It's my understanding that almost all the mushrooms
grown commercially in the USA are grown in Southeastern PA -
and I believe they are grown in old coal mines.
The Delmarva Peninsula is a very large chicken/egg producing
area and it wouldn't be far to truck the chicken manure
component to the mushroom-growing area - so maybe that's
where they get the chicken manure part of the compost.
No coal mines in this part of the state. There are a fair number of natural
limestone caves, where mushrooms were once grown, but they are now grown in
climate controlled mushroom houses, which are partially underground. The
industry is centered here mainly because it started here and mushroomed from
there.....It's a tricky way to make a living; the canned mushroom market,
which used to be a staple, has withered due to foreign competition, and
producers have had to switch to marketing fresh, specialty mushrooms.
Here's an article, long and slightly technical, but quite interesting. It
goes into detail about compost production. Many of the mushroom farms are
now surrounded by encroaching suburbs, with residents that complain about
Zone 6, Southcentral PA
I totally agree. And moreso the long term impact from the economic loss, in
terms of jobs and commercial revenue, due to the closing of a thriving
business, can turn out to be very devestating to a community...
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