Julie and Peter Moran started mushroom farming in June of 2016 because the NH Mushroom Company was looking for contract growers to expand their production of certified organic mushrooms. Under the watchful guidance of Eric Milligan, the Morans developed a system to grow shiitake, oyster, and chestnut mushrooms in their 3 grow rooms (affectionately called Shroom 1,2, and 3) in the basement! Growing mushrooms inside is costly and requires a highly controlled environment – any change in temperature, humidity, light, and air movement, can cause a disaster, or can cause fast or slow growth. Controlling each parameter creates a need to correct the other three parameters accordingly, so if temperature increases, the humidity needs to be decreased, or air exchange needs to be adjusted… or both. But the result is happy thriving mushrooms that are tasty and healthy for us!
Although the Morans always wanted a farm of some sort, they never dreamed of growing mushrooms in the basement. Peter is a busy family physician with a passion for healthy eating. Julie started working on a farmers co-op with the many small vegetable farmers in the North Country in 2007. The co-op incorporated as the North Country Farmers Cooperative, Inc. in 2013 at a ceremony at the Mountain View Grand Resort. The co-op now supplies local restaurants, hotels, institutions, and individuals with locally grown and raised meat, produce, and eggs. All the farms of the co-op raise or grow their products as naturally as possible for the best health of our customers.
Between her work on the co-op and the hours in the basement, Julie spends some spare time with Peter snowmobiling, riding jet-skis and motorcycles, bowling, and checking in with their 4 children and 7 grandchildren.