Two years ago, my brother’s friend Bob Sharood started his own exotic organic culinary mushroom farm in Maine. At the time, no one in the state was doing anything like it. Today, Bob’s company, Mousam Valley Mushrooms, distributes mushrooms to many of the grocery stores in Maine. I had tried Bob’s mushrooms before, but I was curious to see the farm operation, so during my trip to Maine, my Mom and I stopped in for a tour.
Mousam Valley Mushrooms is a family business. Bob runs the company with his sister, Emma, and his father, John. Bob’s brother Ed is even spending the summer working as an intern. Sometimes you hear about someone joining their family business, but it isn’t often that you hear of someone in their 20s starting their own family business. It was an ambitious project, but having his father’s business knowledge (he has worked as a corporate executive) helped get the plan in motion.