Avondale, PA, September 1, 2020 – The volume of sales for the 2019-2020 mushroom crop totaled 816 million pounds, down 2 percent from last season, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) 2020 Report. Value of sales for the 2019-2020 mushroom crop was $1.15 billion, up 3 percent from the previous season. The average reported price was $1.41 per pound, up 7 cents from the previous year.
Avondale, PA, July 1, 2020 – Sixteen college-bound high school seniors from five Chester County- area high school districts were awarded scholarships from the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania’s Community Awareness Committee (CAC), the group announced today. Fifteen students received the Sara Manning Scholarship ($1,500) and one student received the Rob Ferranto Scholarship ($2,500)*.
Avondale, PA, May 8, 2020 – “Some retailers are facing a shortage of mushrooms, as many growers in the U.S. continue to experience the impacts of the Coronavirus. Unlike other continually fruiting produce, mushrooms grow in a 6- to 12-week cycle. This includes a period for producing compost for the planting beds and a period of two to three growth cycles that support a maximum of three harvests. After those harvests, beds are emptied and refilled with another batch of carefully-produced compost to begin the growing cycle again. The COVID-19 conditions that growers were responsibly adapting their cycles to in mid-March continue to impact mushroom availability today.
March 2, 2020, Avondale, PA – In the ensemble cast of the produce aisle, finding a stand-out player can sometimes be difficult. After all, each has its own unique characteristics, whether it be taste, nutrition, or health benefits. However when it comes to mushrooms, mushrooms are getting top billing for its nutritional benefits, making it a go-to item for this month’s National Nutrition Month, according to the American Mushroom Institute (AMI).
Avondale, PA, January 15, 2020 -- Mushroom growers are entering 2020 with record sales volumes, increasing retail prices and solid demand for fresh mushrooms, according to the American Mushroom Institute.
The September shipment report from the Mushroom Council™ shows domestic mushroom production set a new all-time high. This was the fourth consecutive new monthly high and reflects steady sales growth throughout the summer months. Both June and August volume exceeded 80 million pounds for the first time ever, indicating that mushroom sales are strong year-round. Combined shipments (domestic plus imports) also hit new record highs.