Fung-tastic business taking off

New Business Taking Off in the Wairarapa

Mushrooms – people either love them or hate them.

But one Carterton couple is hoping to change all that with their recent venture Urban Fresh Farms.

In a converted garage space down Belvedere Rd, Hamish and Barbs Wadham are growing gourmet mushrooms.

Hamish has always enjoyed working with the land, having grown up and worked on the family beef and sheep farm in Waikato.

Barbs is a self-described “city girl” but has a passion for good food.

They moved to Wairarapa five years ago for a better lifestyle for their family.

About nine months ago, they started experimenting with growing mushrooms.

“Hamish loves trying something new, and we’ve always loved them,” Barbs explained.

They now produce between 30 to 50 kilograms of mushrooms per week, specialising in oyster, shiitake, and enoki varieties.

It’s quite a process though, Hamish said.

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Barbs and Hamish Wadham love meat just as much as they love the mushrooms they grow. PHOTOS/GIANINA SCHWANECKE



Fung-tastic business taking off