If you’re just starting your gardening business and are wondering what you should grow, we’re here to tell you that oyster mushrooms are extremely easy to grow and have great profit margins. Some high-end grocery stores sell these bad boys for up to $20 per pound! This was my first growing for profit venture and it really worked out well for me. I’m going to break down how to get started, manage, scale, and sell these types of mushrooms.
How to start growing
Mushrooms used to be grown in a way that took a lot of materials and some skills. Nowadays you can actually grow these in a way that helps the planet by using materials that would have otherwise been thrown away! What are these materials you might ask? The answer is waiting for you at your local Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks, yup, that’s right, we’re talking about coffee grounds! In order to grow oyster mushrooms all you need is a clear plastic bag, mushroom spawn, used coffee grounds, a lamp, a fan, and you’re ready to rock n’ roll! The startup cost is going to be around $75 for everything and can grow you about 25 pounds of mushrooms if you have a 10×10 room to grow in. All you have to do is:
- Put the used coffee grounds in the clear plastic bag
- sprinkle the spawn inside of the bag
- seal the bag and poke a few holes in the sides
- turn on a lamp and a fan
- Wait about 4-6 weeks and you’re ready for harvest!
I know what you’re thinking right now…it can’t be that easy right? Actually yes, it is that easy and this will make you some money if you know how and where to sell them which I’ll discuss in the next paragraph. The only thing you need to know is that once the mushrooms look like they’re fully grown, you just cut off the tops of the mushrooms and BE SURE to keep them in a refrigerator when you’re storing them.
Where to sell oyster mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms can be sold at farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurants, and food distributors. In my experience the best profits come from restaurants because they are the end user and when you sell them to a grocery store, they still have to make a profit so you’ll probably get less money. The good thing about selling straight to restaurants is you get more money but the bad thing is they usually can’t buy as many as a grocery store would be able to so you’re going to have to make the decision as a business owner about what logistics are going to work best for your business model. The average market rate for oyster mushrooms when selling at the farmers market or to restaurant is anywhere from $4-$7 per pound depending on what part of the country you live in. The price you get from a grocery store or food distributor is going to be closer to $2-4 per pound, once again depending on your location. In my opinion this is the best and easiest way to start your for profit gardening business and I highly recommend growing these oyster mushrooms over any other type of mushroom. Do your homework and see what the supply chain is like for oyster mushrooms in your market place and go from there. If you have grown or are planning on growing oyster mushrooms, please send me an e-mail from our contact page and let me know what your experience has been like. Thanks for reading!