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September is Family Meals Month and we’re teaming up with To-Jo Mushrooms to encourage your family to eat more meals together. We’re sharing 3 delicious and easy weeknight dinners that you can make and enjoy as a family.
Read on to hear all about our trip to the To-Jo farm and grab those easy weeknight dinner ideas.
Ever since my oldest had the chance to visit To-Jo Mushrooms a few years ago, my youngest, Matt, has been wanting to go. We live in the heart of the Mushroom Capital of the World and you can’t go anywhere without seeing a mushroom farm.
Just a few weeks ago, the team at To-Jo Mushrooms was nice enough to give Matt, his friend Emily, and me a tour. Matt loves the How It’s Made TV show and he felt like he stepped into one of the segments.
Matt and Emily loved learning what was behind the doors of the mushroom houses we see so frequently in town. The processing rooms were their favorite to see.
We learned so much about how mushrooms are grown, and we even brought some home to eat! For the rest of the week, Matt loved to quiz his brother on some of his newly-learned mushroom facts.
6 Facts We Learned About While Visiting To-Jo Mushrooms
- Mushrooms have been grown and harvested in the U.S. for over 120 years. In 1896, domestic mushroom farming first started in a greenhouse in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, when Quakers traveled to France and brought back some mushroom spawn. Kennett Square and the surrounding areas produce 65% of the mushrooms grown in the US and is known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” To-Jo Mushrooms and the D’Amico family have been growing mushrooms since the early 1930s.
- Cocoa beans help grow mushrooms. Mushrooms grow in beds of organic materials that includes many different recycled ingredients including cocoa bean shells, corn cobs, hay, stray, and more. This mixture is called compost.
- Mushrooms aren’t fruits or vegetables. Although mushrooms are found in the produce department, they are actually fungi. They differ from other plants because they do not go through the process of photosynthesis. They actually “breath” oxygen just like us.
- Mushrooms start out very small. Unlike fruits and vegetables, mushrooms are grown from spores and not seeds. These spores are so tiny that you can only see them with a microscope.
- Mushrooms have gills. Not the same kind as fish though! Mushrooms’ gills are located on the underside of mushroom caps, where the spores are produced.
- There are many, many, many mushrooms in the world. There are approximately 38,000 different varieties of mushrooms ranging in all colors, shapes, and sizes. The most common mushroom grown for eating is the white button mushroom. Mushrooms grow in the wild too, but you should never eat those unless you are with an experienced forager!
3 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas
Meatloaf is getting a healthier spin with lean ground turkey and added veggies, like mushrooms! Top with BBQ sauce and shredded cheese for a kid-friendly spin. The best part of this recipe is that the mini meatloaves cook on a single sheet pan along with potatoes, green beans and mushrooms for a complete dinner.
Celebrate Meatless Monday with this vegetarian option! Portabella mushrooms offer a great meaty flavor paired along with quinoa, veggies and cheese for a delicious dinner.
We can’t talk about easy weeknight dinners without adding in a slow cooker option. Just throw everything into the slow cooker and dinner is ready when you get home!