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The Mousam Valley Mushroom crew, from left to right: Robert, Emily and John Sharood.

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Mousam Valley Mushrooms is a family farm started by father John Sharood, son Robert Sharood and daughter Emily Sharood. The MOFGA certified organic farm is located above the Mousam River Valley in Springvale, inside an old historic dairy barn that has been renovated into the mushroom farm. The Sharoods sustainably grow and market healthy, innovative, organic oyster mushrooms, including an Italian, Pink, Butter, and a Katahdin oyster that is a native Maine strain. Mushrooms are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest and are grown exclusively for the New England area, making them truly fresh and local. Mousam Valley wholesales to Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarket, Crown O' Maine and Rosemont Market. The Sharood family says, "At Mousam Valley, we strive to grow mushrooms as close to wild as possible. We cultivate our fungi on Maine hardwood and straw, sourced sustainably from the very woods and fields we forage in. The end result is a mushroom that could have been picked right off the side of your favorite hiking path. The only difference is that we grow them safely year round and know exactly when they will be perfect for you to enjoy!" Follow the farm at on Facebook and at http://mousamvalleymushrooms.com/.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Public market idea growing again
Portland Press Herald - 5/28/2009.
By Beth Quimby – The concept of a public market where people can shop and meet appears to be alive and well in Portland, even though several such places have come and gone over the years. After months of planning, the owners of the Public Market House, at 28 Monument Square, are moving ahead with an expansion that will include new shops and public eating areas. Construction is scheduled to begin within days. The owners say their businesses have grown every year since they moved three years ago from the former Portland Public Market, despite the sour economic climate.
Deadly salmonella: frozen food’s newest ingredient
Alternet - 5/28/2009.
By Jim Hightower – Out in Arizona, an old tombstone bears an epitaph for a young gunslinger: "I was expecting this/But not so soon." Gunslinging, of course, is a high-risk business. But today, some of us can expect to have the following marker on our graves: "Here lies a guy/Killed by a pot pie." America's pot-pie threat lurks in an ingredient that today's producers of frozen foods don't list on their packages: salmonella.
Wendell Berry and Community Farm Alliance protest NAIS in Kentucky
Organic Consumers - 5/27/2009.
By Stephen Bartlett – It is not everyday you get the opportunity to garner good free press while speaking out forcefully in a broad alliance against the follies of a hijacked department of the government, in this case the U.S. Department of Agriculture! But Friday, May 22 was just such a day for the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and their allies in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Fiddlehead fever: catch it while you can
Portland Press Herald - 5/27/2009.
By Brooke Dojny – Fiddlehead ferns are the first green vegetable of spring and thus are one of Maine's best loved seasonal harbingers. The fact that they are gathered by foragers somehow only adds to their mystique.
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