The Mushroom Farm offers a delightful array of eateries, play areas, local retailers and a nursery. "The Mushroom Farm is one of Hillcrest's hidden gems, offering something for everyone - from kiddies to moms, antique collectors, animal lovers, foodies, gardeners and everyone in between! Family owned and run, this farm has literally 'mushroomed', from a small wooden farm stall to the vibrant centre it is today, drawing visitors from the greater Durban Area. Just off the M13 and around the corner from the Hillcrest Private Hospital." The Mushroom Farm must surely be the most relaxed shopping experience in the Upper Highway area, with country charm that harks back to the days when the Assegai was quickly tucked away, off the beaten track!"

The Mushroom Farm site is located on the old working 'Chef Mushroom Farm'. It comprises different but very unique shops that cater to both; residents of the surrounding areas. This site also 'caters' for those who enjoy shopping amongst the chickens and rabbits. There is a farm yard and jungle gym, so come and enjoy a fun day out with the whole family! Dog walkers are welcome provided that their pooches are on a leash, and the neatly paved walkways are perfect for strollers or joggers. (Entrance is free and there are Security Guards to ensure safety at all times.)

Mushroom farming remains relatively small, in South Africa. This is despite the rise in popularity of mushrooms among South African consumers. This demand is expected to grow in the coming Years. There is a huge market when it comes to mushrooms in South Africa and the rest of the World. There are a number of reasons for this, including the growing demand for healthy foods, as well as an increase in commercial production and distribution of mushrooms.
According to the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association, mainly white button and brown mushrooms are grown in South Africa. There is also a market for exotic mushrooms, such as Oyster and Shiitake, and medicinal mushrooms, however, these are still very limited in South Africa. 
One notable advantage for commercial mushroom farmers is the ability to not only sell their produce directly to customers, but also capitalize on opportunities in the Hospitality Sector going from; catering to Hotels and Restaurants.

"The sector is, however, not without its challenges. Mushroom farming requires specialized knowledge and expertise. The lack of training for South African mushroom farmers is significant limitation for people who want to enter this industry." according to 'Agrimag.'


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