Mushroom production is on the rise as favorable spring weather provides good conditions for growth, writes Dennis Rettke for FreshPlaza.com.
Demand is strong, with brown mushrooms leading the pack. The market is tight and prices are above average for this time of year.
“At this point in the year, production is better,” said Kevin Donovan of Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square. “The market is as tight as it’s been, particularly on the browns. There is not as much production on brown mushrooms, but the demand is still strong for them.
“Shiitake mushrooms continue to see strong growth and there has also been increased interest in the King Oyster mushroom on the fresh market.
With summer and warmer temperatures approaching, mushroom production tends to go down. Mushrooms prefer cooler temperatures. Mushroom producers also will cut short the growing period to prevent any damage from insects and mold that are more prevalent in the summer.
Read more about this year’s mushroom crop from FreshPlaza.com by clicking here.