This first week working with Mushrooms Canada has been really interesting and informative. After getting adjusted to the office and some social networking, Brittany and I went to Piccioni Bros. Mushroom farm in Hamilton on Tuesday morning to go check out how they grow their mushrooms, and the process behind everything. I haven’t ever seen or been to a mushroom farm so I assumed that they grew outside, I was way off!!
I learned a lot of interesting facts about mushrooms that I didn't know before, like how they double in size in 24 hours, and how the weather outside affects the growing process even though they grow indoors. The picking process is a really important job as well, because everything gets graded when the workers place the mushrooms in the containers and then the mushrooms are shipped to the stores. I was also very shocked when I found out that this farm ships out between 36,000- 39,000 lbs of mushrooms a week! I certainly learned that the growing and distribution procedure is a time consuming job that isn’t recognized.
I am excited to see what I learn about next week!