Eat Local: Oley Valley Mushrooms

Joe Evans was a carpenter by trade until his back went out. With some time off, he and his wife Angela, who shared a love of hunting for wild mushrooms, decided to try growing them. The venture was so successful that Joe quit his job and put his carpentry skills to use building customized, fabric-covered grow rooms. Since then, they have been harvesting excellent quality shitake, white trumpet and oyster mushrooms. With a harvesting period of September through June, Oley Valley Mushrooms supply some of Philly’s great local restaurants like Rx, Southwark and the White Dog Café. Fair Food Farmstand, Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch, 215-627-2029, contact or 610-987-9849 for other locations.