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Adventures in the Land of Shrooms! 
May 17, 2012 2:30 pm 
Updated: May 18, 2012 5:47 pm

 I wanted to tell you about my trip to "River Valley Mushroom Farm". It started out as a stormy, rain drenched drive that almost made us turn back home. Lightning, thunder, pouring rain, it was terrible. We thought a few times about turning around and going home because we really thought they would not have the tour that day. We go to the store all the time but this was the first time we could actually tour the buildings that they use to grown the mushrooms. Just as we approached the farm, the weather started to ease up. Inside we found that everyone who signed up for the tour, 25 in total had shown up, but one person did have to leave early. We drove over to the buildings, not a long way, and entered one of 2 large buildings and began learning about the art of raising mushrooms. You think it is easy? No way, everything from light to temp. to humidity have to be just right for the mushrooms to grown properly. The above picture is one of the coolers in the store. This cooler is filled with wonderful gourmet, organic, homemade wonders.

This mushroom farm harvests an average of 7,000 pounds of mushrooms a week and sometimes as much as 9,000! All by hand. It is all organic, no insecticides pesticides or chemicals are allowed on the farm. They also have fields of organically grown items such as tomatoes, onions, potatoes, beans, and much more.  At each phase of growing the mushrooms they must be moved by hand to different rooms for proper growing. A few years ago, an employee forgot to change his clothes after he went into an area that had a bacteria in it that could harm the mushrooms and long story short, they lost 95% of the crop that year. I had no idea that mass producing mushrooms organically was this much work and that is why they are high priced, they are worth it.  If you want to take a look at this is the place I am talking about. I got a box kit to grow our own and grand daughter is in charge of taking care of it. I will keep you updated as to how it is growing.

May 17, 2012 2:42 pm
Sounds like a fun adventure! I was intrigued by the idea of being able to grow my own mushrooms, so I went to their web site and looked at the mushroom kits. Way cool, except for the fact that it would cost $41.95 shipping for them to send me a $20 mushroom kit LOL! I think I'll pass for now :)
May 17, 2012 2:57 pm
It really is expensive to ship these days. Maybe a local farmers market can get you in touch with someone in your area that does this. They do ship some of their other items. I used to send items to someone in Miss. at holidays. Fun stuff.
May 17, 2012 3:21 pm
Wow! Had never thought about the challenges of raising mushrooms. I always assumed it was easy. Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for the wonderful info and photos. :-). I look forward to seeing how your own mushrooms grow.
May 17, 2012 6:57 pm
oh wow, that sounds fun. I'm sure your granddaughter will enjoy growing the mushrooms. Did she go on the trip with you? I really appreciate organic farmers because our family prefers organic and also because they don't make as much money for doing it. So, I imagine they are very passionate about what they do. I want to see if anyone by us sells organic mushroom kits.
May 17, 2012 8:19 pm
Hopefully you can find someone in your area. Grand girl wasn't available for the tour due to her being with the daddy's side of the family that day. She lives with us so she is here and we can help her to experience something special, in our opinion. She loves to eat mushrooms and is really into "recycling" everything we can. We have a herb garden and flower garden started and beginning on the veges this next week. I have to work all day tomorrow and watching other grand girl on sat so beginning next week, the garden is on!
May 18, 2012 1:56 pm
We love our mushrooms and that was an interesting post, ibbz. It must have been one of your posts on the Buzz that mentioned older mushrooms are more flavorful for some dishes. I loved that info too. I have a favorite casserole and last time I made it, it sure wasn't as good - I had made sure to use the freshest, whitest mushrooms. Now I can't wait to make it with the older models - LOL!
May 18, 2012 3:33 pm
Ibbz, I enjoyed reading your blog. My husband thinks any recipe deserves mushrooms! It sounds like a great field trip. I love that the mushrooms are grown organically. I am looking forward to seeing how your mushroom garden grows!
May 18, 2012 4:53 pm
Got To Love Mushrooms.
May 18, 2012 5:42 pm
Lela and King, mushrooms are a part of our lives in any way, shape or form. Got to love the fungus!
May 18, 2012 5:47 pm
If you do want a flavorful mushroom, honestly, they can look "like the girl at the prom that didn't get to dance" as my hubby says, still don't know what that means, anywho, you still get a wonderful, flavorful shroom to work with. I'm going to have to talk to him again, another blog in the making.
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My name is Deborah, please call me Debbie. I've been married for over 36 years to the same man. We have 2 children (girl and boy) and 2 grand daughters, one from each child. At the moment we have a gecko and a cat as housemates.
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I love cooking fried chicken in my cast iron pans. Any type of pasta dish is always a happy cooking time. I enjoy cooking fish and shrimp whenever possible. My family also enjoys my cornbread, biscuits, beans and greens, they eat almost every bite, so I know they like them.
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Family insists that I make my "famous" potato salad for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, actually any time is good for them.
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A castle cake w/moat for my grand daughter's 7th birthday made of Rice Krispies, frosting and a ton of toppings. It stood over a foot tall with the towers on top. She loved it, that is what matters to me.
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I tried making "meat muffins" and the fat from the ground pork overflowed the muffin tin, dripped on stove and caught fire, which in turn caught the meat on fire, which in turn caught the towel that I was holding while trying to get the pan out of the oven on fire, which in turn caught my pants on fire when I dropped it, which in turn burned my hand and arm when I tried to retrieve it, then I had to pay the landlord extra for the burned spot on the tile in the kitchen. I don't make meat muffins any more.
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