Family owned South Australian mushroom farm

The Woodcroft farm was purchased in 1992 by Geoff Izard, owner of Merbein Mushrooms Pty Ltd. In April 2006 Geoff’s daughter Linda and her husband Phil Rogers took over the farm.

A team of approximately 85 people at P & L Rogers are responsible for the growing, picking and also packing of around 35 tonne of white agaricus mushrooms each week.

The spawn (funghi’s equivalent of seeds) grows in formulated compost peat moss. The compost contains all the nutrients the funghi will need.

The crop grows in large refrigerated rooms, where the Rogers can precisely control light, heat and humidity and ensure completely sterile conditions. It takes a couple of weeks for the compost to grow the roots (called mycelium). Careful temperature and humidity control enable full growth.

A couple of weeks later, tiny mushrooms come through the peat moss. The Rogers’ also recycle the spent compost as soil conditioner and garden mulch.

The refrigerated growing rooms control the growing conditions precisely, so crops can be continuously grown all year round.

Find  P&L Rogers Mushrooms outside at the Adelaide Farmers’ Market every Sunday.