How to Grow Them.
A PRACTICAL TREATISE
Mushroom Culture for Profit and Pleasure.
Mushrooms and their extensive
and profitable culture should concern every one. For
home consumption they are a healthful and grateful food,
and for market, when successfully grown, they become a
most profitable crop. We can have in America the best
market in the world for fresh mushrooms; the demand for
them is increasing, and the supply has always been
inadequate. The price for them here is more than double
that paid in any other country, and we have no fear of
foreign competition, for all attempts, so far, to import
fresh mushrooms from Europe have been unsuccessful.
In the most prosperous and
progressive of all countries, with a population of
nearly seventy millions of people alert to every
profitable, legitimate business, mushroom-growing, one
of the simplest and most remunerative of industries, is
almost unknown. The market grower already engaged in
growing mushrooms appreciates his situation and
zealously guards his methods of cultivation from the
public. This only incites interest and inquisitiveness,
and the people are becoming alive to the fact that there
is money in mushrooms and an earnest demand has been
created for information about growing them.
raising of mushrooms is within the reach of nearly every
one. Good materials to work with and careful attention
to all practical details should give good returns. The
industry is one in which women and children can take
part as well as men. It furnishes indoor employment in
winter, and there is very little hard labor