Chester Co., PA
In 1927, William Phillips started with a small mushroom growing business in Kennett Square, PA. Before this time mushrooms were a winter crop, in part due to temperature. William was one of the first to use ice for temperature control — making it possible for mushrooms to grow year-round — providing a significant breakthrough for the mushroom industry. Williams’s passion for growing top-quality mushrooms and his dedication to customers is what encouraged his drive for innovation. It inspired many in the area including his sons, Donald and Marshall. The tradition of Phillips family innovators continued. In 1962, William's sons Donald and Marshall formed a partnership and expanded the family growing operation into the packaging, marketing, and transportation of white mushrooms throughout New England. Donald and Marshall's dedication to growing their fathers' work led to an operation that over the years grew until it was producing 12 million pounds of white mushrooms per year.
In 1979, Donald and Marshall felt a need to diversify their business and began experimenting with shiitake mushrooms that were grown indoors on supplemented sawdust logs. Their commitment to this project enabled them to become the first successful indoor shiitake growers in the U.S. Additional mushroom varieties, innovative packaging, and nationwide promotional campaigns expanded the specialty mushrooms division dramatically over the next 13 years. In 1993, Phillips Mushroom Farms divested the white mushroom business in order to concentrate all of its resources on specialty mushrooms.
In the early 2000s under the leadership of the third generation, Steve Phillips, Phillips Mushroom Farms made the decision to re-enter the market for the white button mushrooms. This strategic decision presented us with a task, "how do we get ahead of the competition and deliver better quality mushrooms?"
In 2007, Phillips Mushroom Farms invested in state of the art mushroom technology. With the assistance of the Dutch Christiaens Group, the team at Phillips implemented a new system for providing superior mushrooms. Phillips Mushroom Farms now has the most advanced mushroom growing technology in the US. Our competitive advantage with technology gives us the opportunity to bring consumers the best-tasting and highest quality mushroom possible while demonstrating our passion for quality and dedication to customers. Once completed in 2009 the Warwick facility began production and demand quickly increased encouraging Phillips Mushroom Farms to expand the Warwick Farm with additions in 2011, 2012, 2016, and with our most recent projects in 2019. This facility is harvested multiple times a day with electronic climate control, so mushrooms are grown in their optimum environment and picked at the perfect time. With four generations of mushroom growers working on the farm, our team has the knowledge and experience needed to continue improving processes so that we can continue providing a great product.
Based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania — the Mushroom Capital of the World — Phillips Mushroom Farms is the largest grower of specialty mushrooms and a leader in overall mushroom production. For over 90 years and through four generations, the Phillips family has put a focus on innovation and quality to provide consumers with the best-tasting mushroom.