Ohau Gourmet Mushrooms founded by Brent and Jude in 2018 is a ‘low-tech’ startup growing Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms for restaurants and farmers markets in repurposed shipping containers using sawdust and soy.
With New Zealand currently in level four, farmers markets have stopped, so they have had to change the way they get their mushrooms to tables across New Zealand.
With farmers markets closed where is your produce going? Are you
selling as much / more / less than normal?
We always take orders online for our mini mushroom farms and make them up to order. These are shipped to customers all around NZ, from Invercargill, to Northland and even to Great Barrier Island. We have seen an increase in demand for these since the lockdown. They are great for people to grow at home while in lockdown, including fun for kids/families, and supplying themselves with fresh protein and a food that increases immune system.
We also take orders online for fresh produce and produce around 15kg a week currently.
We have lowered our production because we can’t sell as much online of fresh as we do at farmers markets which of course are all closed. We are selling less fresh than usual, but still have it on offer to meet demand from our regular and growing customer base.
What are you doing to keep your staff safe?
We are lucky to live onsite in a "paradise bubble" off the grid in Horowhenua. We are a very small business and only a team of two, Brent and I. When we drop our online orders to the NZ Post depot in Levin we only meet one NZ Post staffer, and we keep the 2m distance and wear gloves.
What are you doing for food safety?
We always work to a high standard because of the nature of our product. We harvest wearing gloves, we ship fresh produce in compostable food grade bags.
A Gourmet Mushroom recipe to try while in lockdown.
Chipotle Ohau Gourmet Oyster Mushroom Sliders
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
CHIPOTLE BBQ SAUCE: