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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
Maine Maple Sunday: tasty maple treats
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2010.
By Wendy Almeida – The sweetness of early spring is almost here, which in this state means Maine Maple Sunday. Sugarhouse treats abound next weekend, with plenty of free samples to be found around the state.
The Plant Geek no shrinking violet with his opinions
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2010.
By Tom Atwell – The beauty of plant geeks is that they not only know about plants, they also have opinions about plants. Put Jim Masse, nursery manager at Estabrook’s, in that category. His talk last Sunday at the Portland Flower Show was called “The Plant Geek Speaks: Exciting Underused Plants,” and it offered a slightly different look at the garden world.
Couple taps into cider business
Kennebec Journal - 3/22/2010.
By Betty Adams – East Winthrop: The dark red shoots rise from gnarled limbs of dwarf apple trees, near where a stream widens toward a pond. This fall, the fruit from those branches is destined to form the base of iced cider to be produced by a new venture – the Kennebec Cider Company. Ben and Betsy Parks-Stamm, both 30, bought the six-acre former Whit's Orchard last fall and have set up a cider-making operation in the lower-level garage of the ranch home.
Researchers: HRCS is much worse than table sugar
Grist - 3/22/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The long-running, contentious debate over the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may be approaching a conclusive end – one not likely to please those sensitive souls over at the Corn Refiners Association.
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