There was a fantastic item on a Co.Offaly mushroom growing operation on RT…ís Ear to The Ground agricultural magazine programme on Thursday December 2nd. The item focussed on the mushroom farm of Joe Gorman and his wife Dolores, who had grown standard agaricus mushrooms for many years up until the rupture that was Brexit. Brexit with all itís attendant consequences, but notably the massive fall in sterling value forced the Gorman mushroom farm to shut down operations with the loss of 29 jobs.
But rising phoenix-like, the couple re-emerged growing exotic strains such as shiitake, grey oyster, pink and yellow oyster and coral fungus - as Joseph explained is a first cousin of the Lionís Mane variety.
The company now Garryhinch Wood Mushrooms is going from strength to strength, supplying Asian varieties into the growing Irish market for exotic mushrooms and employing nine full time workers at present.
The re-purposing of the mushroom units with their gleaming shelving, to mushrooms grown on logs and in bags, was a sight to behold. The resilience of the couple was also fantastic to see.
A televisual item worth a watch on RT… player for sure, or catch it on repeat on Sunday 5 December 1.10pm.