Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms, Gonzales, Texas, plans to add another crop a week by late fall to better serve its Texas customers.
In addition, the farm has added a conveyor system to transport mushrooms from the growing room to the cooler, said James Sweatt, director of sales.
“It helps with quality because we’re not handling the product as much,” he said.
“We’re also bar-coding it for traceability so we know what variety we have, which growing room it came from, who picked it and what crop it came from.”
Sweatt said scanning the barcode directly into the computer helps with payroll because harvesters are paid a piece rate.