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Book Images of America Chester County Mushroom Farming

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Chester County Mushroom Farming by Bruce Edward Mowday.  Chester County is well known for its sprawling scenic views, rich farmland, Main Line, and mushrooms.  Chester County, and specifically the town of Kennett Square, is known as the mushroom capital of the world because the quantity and quality of mushrooms grown there.  Mushrooms have been around for centuries, with the French beginning cultivation in the 1600's and mushroom farming began in Chester County more than 120 years ago.  The earliest were the Quakers, bit over the years members of the Irish, Italian and Hispanic communities have joined the ranks for Chester County mushroom farmers.  The local mushroom farmers were responsible for the forming of the American Mushroom Institute more than half a century ago. 


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