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Chester County coronavirus case numbers could delay move to ‘green’ reopening phase

Published Thursday, June 11, 2020
Chester is the only county in the Philadelphia region that has failed to meet two important benchmarks for continuing to ease coronavirus restrictions. Chester County’s latest 14-day count of new cases is up 20% from the previous 14-day period, according to state data. But the county’s own case counts — which overall are higher than more»

Grocery prices are soaring. Here's what's getting more expensive

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Okay, so if you're a loyal reader of CNN Business (and we hope you are!) you might have seen a headline Tuesday that said "Prices are falling at an alarming rate." Or a headline today that said producers' prices fell by a record amount. That probably feels ... off to you. And for a good reason: Every time you go to the grocery store, that number at the end more»

Mushroom Shortages Expected for up to 10 weeks

Published Monday, May 11, 2020
Retailers can expect shortages of mushrooms for the next six to 10 weeks, as mushroom production catches up to shifts in demand brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mushrooms grow in six- to 12-week cycles, according to the American Mushroom Institute, which includes a period to preparing compost and a period of two or three growth cycles, supporting a more»

Mushroom Shortages Expected as Industry Innovates During 'Dark Time'

Published Monday, May 11, 2020
U.S. retailers are experiencing mushroom shortages and climbing prices during COVID-19. Yet growers call the pandemic a “dark time” for their industry — and not just because they are growing fungi in dimly-lit mushroom houses. Growers producing for foodservices, especially those growing specialty and gourmet mushrooms, have seen profits more»

Vitamin D and Coronavirus Disparities

Published Friday, April 17, 2020
Black Americans are dying of Covid-19 at a higher rate than whites. Socioeconomic factors such as gaps in access to health care no doubt play a role. But another possible factor has been largely overlooked: vitamin D deficiency that weakens the immune system. Researchers last week released the first data supporting this link. They found that the nations more»

Kennett Square mushroom grower’s $115 million expansion is a big bet for New York investor

Published Thursday, January 30, 2020
Owners of one of Chester County’s biggest mushroom growers have proposed the local industry’s biggest expansion in recent years, a potentially transforming development in an industry that has been struggling with expensive antitrust litigation, foreign competition, and a labor shortage. South Mill Champs, one of North America’s more»

From MSG Scare to MVP Status: How We Learned to Love Umami

Published Thursday, January 30, 2020

It’s what makes miso mouthwatering and Doritos delectable. Some chefs have even taken this savory ‘fifth flavor’ to extremes. Now a more balanced approach is replacing umami bombs with newly nuanced recipes

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Freshness key for state's largest mushroom farm

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020
MIAMI, Okla. — Each morning, it’s a mad rush at J-M Farms. The staff has only 36 hours to get its mushrooms out to markets as far away as Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to maintain their freshness. Nearly 60% of the farm’s business is as a wholesaler to restaurants, the rest to retail markets. Walmart is its largest more»
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