Welcome to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, known as The Mushroom Capital of the World! Mushrooms have been grown here since the late 1800’s – in fact, the very first cultivated mushrooms were grown right here in our one square mile borough. Back in the day, Mr. Swayne was growing Carnations and found that he had room under his flower beds for “something” else. He must have had an entrepreneurial spirit, having gone to England to bring back brick spawn to grow mushrooms. Over 100 years have passed by and the industry is now shipping between 500 and 600 million pounds of mushrooms each year from this area. There is no other place in the world that grows as many mushrooms in a concentrated area as are grown in Southeastern, PA.
Mushrooms are the #1 Cash Crop in the State of PA with Agricultural being the #1 Commodity.
Farm Tours (once very popular) are no longer permitted due to FDA rules and regulations – Food Safety being the #1 priority