Growing Mushrooms at home for fun or profit.
How you grow your mushrooms ultimately is determined like anything else by your focus. By this I mean one person’s approach when growing them for their own use, should likely differ from the methods commercial farms use to grow for a profit.
One of the things I often see in the industry is people testing their own methods and adopting what works for them in their area. That makes sense, especially during times when the supply chains are strained like now under COVID-19. You kind of make do with what you can get your hands on.
However serious growers are starting to look at the business differently. They have realized that when you are selling a gourmet product; you need to have the best looking and tasting mushrooms in your area. To accomplish this, you must provide the proper nutrients for your mushrooms to grow their best. With some varieties, it is possible to grow the mushrooms on just about anything. That is tempting to do because of the cost savings but let’s take a moment and do the math.
If you were selling Oyster Mushrooms and charging $5 a pound, then using a free or very cheap substrate might make sense.
However, if you want to sell your gourmet oyster mushrooms for $10-20 a pound in your market, you will probably need better looking and tasting mushrooms. When you are able to charge more for real gourmet quality, it just makes sense to invest in better nutrients for your mushrooms.
Another thing most growers do not think about when they start to grow their business is the cost of labor. As you succeed and grow your time spent, and money spent on labor costs will become a huge factor for your business.
By using a product like the Fast Fruiting Mix by MushroomMediaOnline.com, you can give your oyster mushrooms the best chance at optimal growth and save on labor costs at the same time.
Now in our Facebook Group you can get access to a free Excel sheet to help you work with your growing budget and take a detailed look at this. I encourage you to join the free group, download the tool, and even watch the free training video on using the sheet.
Do not worry if you do not have Excel you can use Open Office to access the free tool and use it. For those of you who do not know Open Office is a completely free software suite that can replace Microsoft Office.
Once you are in the group you can watch the free training video here.
When you work with the Excel sheet pay close attention to the labor hours and how saving time on those hours will make your business more profitable. At the same time, you will also be increasing your yields and the quality of your mushrooms with each flush.
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