Agriculture is big business for Florida. According to the University of Florida, agriculture generated $1.33 billion in sales revenue in 2021 and was responsible for over 13,000 jobs.
However, data shows that the number of farms is declining overall country-wide.
And there have been examples of Florida farms closing down over the last year. For example, Infinite Zion Farms reportedly closed in Orlando and Mixon Fruit Farms closed down in Bradenton after over 80 years in business.
The Monterey Mushroom Closing in Florida: Now, it appears that a third farm can be added to the list of closures.
Monterey Mushrooms will reportedly be closing its Zellwood, Florida location by the first quarter of 2024.
It is expected that there will be around 214 layoffs, consisting of 97 employees and 117 contract workers. The company has farms throughout the United States and reportedly supplies more than 200 million pounds of mushrooms per year.
The Reasons Behind The Closing: According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter, the company cited challenges that led to the Florida closing including inflation, the pandemic, and the weather.
A Prior Alleged Lost Contract Resulting in No Longer Being Certified Organic: According to Locally Grown, the company was established in 1971, and the Zellwood location grows big portabello mushrooms and button mushrooms. Locally Grown also indicates that the company used to be certified organic, but lost that certification after losing a grocery contract, making the expense of the certification less feasible.
The company is also reportedly shuttering a farm in Princeton, Illinois.
Floridian Feedback: Apparently, the company sold their mushrooms to the general public in the past because they have reviews on Yelp, where they've received 4.7 out of 5 reviews by Floridians. Some old reviews indicated that several years ago, you could get a bag of mushrooms for $2 - making a trip to the farm much cheaper than buying the same mushrooms in local grocery stores.
The author is not affiliated with any farms.