LARGO, Fla. — The hottest new mushroom farm in the Tampa Bay area looks just like a normal suburban Largo home from the outside.
Inside is a different story.
Mayshrooms is an urban mushroom paradise growing inside foggy glowing tents, dry closets and refrigerators.
“It took months and months of us mainly just watching YouTube videos,” says Monica May. “That’s how it all started.”
Monica runs Mayshrooms with her twin sister Megan May-Martinez and Megan’s husband Adam.
With an investment of less than $20,000 and a lot of ingenuity, Mayshrooms is currently producing about 20 pounds of mushrooms a week, including coveted fungi varieties like the blue oysters and lion’s mane.
“There’s such a demand," says Megan. "There’s such a lack of people growing these mushrooms."
The City of Largo is applauding Mayshrooms not just for its fine produce, but also for being zero waste and producing a negative carbon footprint.
The farm uses coffee grounds and sawdust from area businesses to grow the mushrooms. Backs and packaging are biodegradable and recyclable.
“We do everything we can to make sure we keep things out of the dump,” says Monica.
Mayshrooms is currently providing product to local chefs. The business will soon move to the backyard, where a proper farm is being built to allow the trio to grow larger batches of mushrooms for farmer’s markets and the community.