Solano Mushroom

Sam & Sun Hee Shin

After completing a mycological studies program at UC Davis in 1986, Sam Shin founded a commercial mushroom farm specializing in Shiitake and Oyster mushroom cultivation. At the time, few varieties other than White (Button) mushrooms were commercially produced in the United States, making Sam one of the earliest domestic producers of Shiitakes and Oysters, which are now very popular. Sam also pioneered growing methods for Eryngii mushrooms, which had not previously been cultivated on farms. In addition to their Vacaville site, where the Shins have a small orchard and a warehouse for their mushroom operation, they also own a property in Sonoma County where they forage for wild mushrooms like Chanterelles, Morells, and Porcinis.

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Mushrooms, fruit, chestnuts, sweet potatoes.Farmer's Name: Sam & Sun Hee ShinMailing Address: 5095 Walnut Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95687
Phone: (707) 450-0136Farm Location:
Vacaville, Solano County, CA and Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CADistance From Berkeley:
50 miles and 70 miles respectivelySoil Type: Saw Dust (mushroom growing medium) and Clay in the orchardWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Solano Mushroom Farm is owned and managed by Sam and Sun-Hee Shin. They have 5 year-round employees.Organic Certification: Solano has been Certified Organic by CCOF since 2001, with the exception of the Brown (Crimini) and White (Button) mushrooms which must be grown in treated straw that cannot be certified organic.Fertilizer: Compost, wood chips, and hardwood sawdust mix, all biproducts of mushroom cultivation, are used as fertilizer in the orchard.Weed Control: Hand and mechanical cultivation in orchardPest Management: None neededAcreage: 8 acres and 160 acres respectively