Life since Covid started
First thing we want to say is THANK YOU to all who have been to the website, given feedback, suggestions and bought something! We can’t do this without you and we’re not about to give up!
The farm is always hopping from making mushroom bags, cleaning out the grow room, putting new blocks in, and let’s not forget picking the mushrooms, cutting them and making our jerky! It has been non stop for the past few weeks. We’ve had a lot of mushrooms growing in order to maintain and build stock. Some days it seems impossible to keep up with all that needs doing. I forgotten what the comfort of my living room is, perhaps I should bring down a comfy chair or couch.
Growing mushrooms for restaurants was easy compared to this new re-invented mushroom business. Growing and selling our fresh gourmet mushrooms was simple. We packed em in boxes, drove around to restaurants and gave away sample boxes of mushrooms for chefs to try. 9 out of 10 times we gained new customers and expanded our business on a weekly basis.
Until Covid, we had a flourishing mushroom business, and it was going to be our best year ever! We had a great reputation for growing and distributing our fresh product. That business came to a screeching halt in March of 2020. All of our chefs cancelled orders until further notice. We enjoyed growing mushrooms, but we had a lot of mushrooms in the pipeline that all went to waste because we had no outlet for them. We tried a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which seemed good on paper, but wasn’t financially viable for us. We had great customers that loved the mushrooms, but our bills were the same amount whether we were growing 50 pounds or 300 pounds of mushrooms each week. Plus during the summer it got so humid and hot that we were having contamination issues. It’s not easy growing mushrooms; they are very finicky.
We quickly realized our chefs were not going to be able to buy from us for quite a while. We needed to figure things out and quickly. We have all the equipment to grow mushrooms, so we wanted to keep growing, but had to re-invent us.
After tons of discussions about the future of Fat Caps Fungi, we are now making, marketing and selling mushroom jerky, mushroom seasonings, and supplements. This venture has to be the most stressful. We know we have good products; we just don’t know quite how to market and get our products out there. We had a website built and hope we never have to go through that again.
It was a great day when the website was finished. It has officially been 1 week since we went live! During that week we have been on the website fixing, changing, trying to figure how to and where to go to fix things...........it’s not been fun haha.
So here we go, another chapter to write about on our journey of e-commerce! Hopefully one day we’ll be growing mushrooms for all of the wonderful chefs and restaurants we worked with. We won’t give up, we can’t.
Just wanted to share a little with y’all. Thanks for stopping by.
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