selling mushrooms represents a very popular and profitable hobby
and business venture. Mushrooms are not only easy to grow;
they are also a year round delicacy and markets for mushrooms of
all kinds are plentiful. Private households, hotels,
shops, restaurants, market stallholders, and others, are all
potential clients for the mushroom grower and seller.
mushroom operations need only a garden shed to make for a viable
business; mushroom farms on the other hand demand a more
organised and systematic approach. The mushroom season
lasts from between six and eight weeks, after which you must
begin growing your mushrooms afresh. Rotating seasons
means you will always have some mature stock to offer clients.
A good compost is
essential to grow mushrooms profitably, but it will only do for
one crop, although it can be used afterwards for other plants.
Mushroom spore, grown on compost in trays or boxes, must be
maintained at a temperature of between 50 and 55 degrees F.
The trays should be placed in a dim but well ventilated spot -
an empty cellar or spare room is ideal.
Growers' Association offers much useful advice and information
on insurance, legal matters and advertising.
be sold, and preferably used, almost straight after picking; if
you have to store them, keep them in a cool place. Try
taking a stall at local markets. You won't make a fortune
from passers by, but you might find several business owners,
hoteliers and restaurant owners becoming regular clients.
After that, you can deliver to them direct.
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