Chester County Mushroom Farming

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Chester County is well known for its sprawling scenic views, rich farmland, the Main Line, and mushrooms. Chester County, and specifically the village of Kennett Square, is known as the mushroom capital of the world because of the quantity and quality of mushrooms grown there. Mushrooms have been around for centuries, with the French beginning cultivation in the 1600s, and mushroom farming began in Chester County more than 120 years ago. The earliest farmers were Quakers, but over the years members of the Irish, Italian, and Hispanic communities have joined the ranks of Chester County mushroom farmers. The local mushroom farmers were responsible for the forming of the American Mushroom Institute more than a half century ago.
ISBN: 9780738556581
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Bruce Edward Mowday is a local author who has lived in Chester County all his life. He is the author of four Arcadia books: Along the Brandywine River, Coatesville, Downingtown, and West Chester. The photographs in Chester County Mushroom Farming have been culled from the files of the American Mushroom Institute and its Community Awareness Committee.
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