Yamhill County Mushrooms is a 3rd generation farm in 30 years. Started in 1985 by Bill Darm, who had an entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to utilize his air conditioning patents to jump start a mushroom farm. He eventually sold his venture to his son, Robert Darm, who grew Yamhill County Mushroom to be the premier shipper they are today. Currently Yamhill County Mushrooms grows our local white and Portobello mushrooms. They grow their mushrooms in a 2 week period and harvest daily. Often times, Sysco Portland’s mushrooms will be from the same day it was harvested at Yamhill County Mushroom’s farms. Being a supporter of the local movement, Robert and his son Tyler commented “It makes sense, you know that with domestic production there is a guaranteed security and the freshest product you can find.” They always strive for the highest quality of production they can, and only distribute their products locally because they want their customers to have the best product possible with the longest shelf life. Robert highlighted in the end of the interview of being a good neighbor. Some of their good neighbor practices are donating their soil to schools and residents for community gardens, and reducing noise from their farm as much as possible. Robert believes in the saying to be a good to your neighbors as much as possible, and in return they will do the same.
Bill Case, after graduating from Oregon State in 1961, had the desire to enter into the fresh veg business. He quickly bought 200 acres in the Albany valley and began his venture in sweet corn and bean production. Today, his farm has grown to ten times the size, over two thousand acres and growing a wide variety of crops, from sweet corn to hubbard squash. An avid Oregon State fan, Bill and his family work closely with the university in discovering better storage practices for his fresh veg. He travels with the Oregon State basketball and baseball teams, and has them come tour the farm to further their education in the agriculture field during harvest. They participate and are always interested in returning next season. When asked about his definition of local, Bill stated “you take care of your own, and they will take care of you.” He implements this with his work force, having some staff members been a part of his team for over forty years. Bill is even in midst of constructing a basketball court for their downtime and leisure. An active member in the community, Bill always has his door open and is willing to answer any questions anyone may have. He believes these values add life to the community, builds strong relationships, and lasting friendships.