Flush with Mush promotes mushrooms’ benefits for health, environment

Both mushrooms and locally grown ingredients are experiencing an upswing in popularity, growers say. So it’s not surprising that local mushroom growers are increasing their output by growing indoor fungi.

“We have seen an increased interest in mushrooms from the culinary, and even fashion, standpoints. Plant-based, local, and nutritional options have become more and more popular,” according to Charles “Chip” Foote, founder of Flush with Mush, located on Milwaukee’s east side.

That’s Flush, as in a crop of mushrooms or a state of being amply supplied, Foote said.

Flush with Mush isn’t the only local operation with an eye on indoor mushroom growing. Crops on Top, an urban farm in Riverwest that sells fresh produce to chefs and consumers, has experimented with indoor mushroom crops and is planning to add more mushrooms to future production efforts, according to Joel Lichosik, who owns the farm with his wife, Jamie .

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