POV: A Day in the Life of a Mushroom Grower

In honor of National Farmer’s Day, we interviewed one of our mushroom farmers to learn more about the day-to-day responsibilities of growing mushrooms. Jim Guan, farm manager at Guan Farms gives us the inside scoop. 👇

Brothers Jim Guan and Jack Guan, Guan’s Mushroom Co.

Q: What is a day in the life of a mushroom grower like?

A: As a farm that relies on natural growing conditions, we make sure to constantly walk around and observe the mushrooms since every day brings a little different humidity and air flow. We try to ensure customers get the best quality mushrooms possible by picking them at just the right size. Since mushrooms are grown all year-round and have a growing cycle of just a couple months, we’re growing new batches and picking mushrooms every day.

Q: How many acres of mushrooms are grown on your farm?

A: We have about 7 acres of mushrooms growing on the farm at any time.

Q: What’s your favorite way to enjoy mushrooms?

A: I love the natural taste of mushrooms. Thus, for most mushrooms, I just tend to sauté the mushrooms in a little bit of olive oil with a touch of salt and pepper.

Q: What is one thing that might surprise people about growing mushrooms?

A: Although mushrooms are grown in the dark, mushrooms do need a little bit of light before the fruiting process to grow to their maximum potential.

Today and everyday, we’re thankful for our mushroom growers!

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