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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
How local can you grow?
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/2/2009.
By Ray Routhier – Beth Richardson started with a small vegetable garden, and quickly found she really liked the idea of growing some of her family's food. As her children grew and used the backyard less over the years, she decided to branch into other kinds of food producing, such as growing fruit trees, raising chickens and keeping bees for honey. She took classes from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, read books and asked local farmers questions. Today, Richardson's pantry is filled with jams, preserves, potatoes, eggs, beans, honey and lots of other food she produced with her own hands, on her own soil. On Saturday, she'll open her backyard to people who want to see how she does it.
Friend in knead: a friend indeed
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2009.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: Scott Barden and his wife, Cate Conway, of Maine Wood Heat Co. in Norridgewock, already had cranked up their wood-fired oven, baking pita bread Saturday, when they got a visit from Michael Scholz of Albion. Scholz, a baker, wheat grower and partner in the Somerset Grist Mill at the former Somerset County jail, had just what the bakers needed – locally grown wheat that could be milled into flour right there.
In a cramped garage in Maine, they’re making a better butter
Boston Globe - 8/2/2009.
By Jenn Abelson – When most of his neighbors are asleep, Dan Patry shuffles into his garage at 1 a.m., wearing a hair net and elbow-length rubber gloves, navigating through a maze of stainless pipes, tanks, and trays. Where most people keep their cars, Patry churns out some of the world’s best butter, and he has the award to prove it. Patry’s brand, Kate’s Homemade Butter, took top prize last fall at the World Dairy Expo - the Oscars of the dairy industry.
Out of the kitchen, onto the couch
The New York Times - 8/2/2009.
By Michael Pollan – I was only 8 when “The French Chef” first appeared on American television in 1963, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that this Julia Child had improved the quality of life around our house.
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