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Oklahoma mushroom farm is unique agricultural venture

Oklahoma Mushroom in Edmond on Saturday conducted tours of its converted semitrailer, where the company grows gourmet and medicinal mushrooms used by local chefs.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: February 12, 2013
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A mushroom farm doesn't require a large acreage to get started. It is appealing to producers looking for a year-round source of supplemental income.

Mushrooms cultivate in 8 to 10 weeks, with some varieties in as little as two weeks, Popowsky said. At full production, she expects her farm to produce close to 200 pounds every week.

She said there is a robust market for local mushrooms. “These are very appealing mushrooms to even the home gourmet cook,” she said.

Oklahoma Mushroom also supplies area restaurants such as The Coach House, La Baguette, Bellini's Ristorante & Grill, West and Local.

About 25 people attended the tours, held Saturday afternoon in Edmond.

John Larsen, of Bethany, and his wife, Kathy, went out of curiosity. Both retired, they have no experience in agricultural but enjoyed learning about the process.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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