Grandview Farm / Crowther Mushrooms
Where is your farm located?
What lead you to become a farmer?
Charles has always had a knack for growing things. He saw a picture in a book about cultivating mushrooms and thought “I’ve got to try that”. We have been growing mushrooms for 15 years.
Why did you choose mushrooms as your crop?
We like the health benefits of mushrooms.
Do you grow other crops?
We also grow microgreens, farm fresh eggs, and medicinal mushrooms like reishi and turkey tail. We also produce for our family use.
What’s unique about your product?
We are chemical and pesticide free. We grow our shiitake mushrooms on oak and sweet gum logs. They are not produced in a greenhouse. They are grown outside under a canopy of trees in dappled sunlight. This technique goes back 2000 years in Asian culture.
What has been your best memory from your years in the farming business?
The very first time we got a spot in Pepper Place [farmers market] we sold out by 10 o’clock, and it was raining.
What is your worst memory?
We were getting ready for one of our markets when we went down to the log yard and noticed that the deer ate half of our crop!
Where can people find your products?
Pepper Place from April till October, dozens of Birmingham area restaurants, and Stone Hollow CSA
What is your hobby outside of farming?
For several years we have been trying to bring our trade to Italy. Last year we actually met with several farmers who are interested in learning how to cultivate shiitake mushrooms on logs. So that would be a great adventure for us if we could bring our trade over to Italy.