Because it is indoor farming, Ostrom Mushrooms will have a big economic impact on the lower valley. There will be 200 people with year-around employment.
As of Wednesday, January 17, 2018
SUNNYSIDE Ostrom Mushroom Farms, normally associated with western Washington, will soon be known as a Yakima Valley Company.
Ostrom is planning to build a new mushroom farm here. Final details regarding the project should be completed in about three months.
According to Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Jay Hester, the 43-acre property deal Ostrom has with the Port should close in mid-February.
“I would expect construction to start within a few weeks of that,” he said.
Ostrom has been careful not to say much until the details are completed.
According to publicist Fletcher Street, Ostrom wants to replace lost production that occurred when it closed a smaller satellite farm in Everson last summer.
The new, state-of-the-art farm to be located in the Port of Sunnyside will bring 200 jobs to the area. It will grow mushrooms more efficiently and more sustainably than under the older farm’s format.
The Sunnyside location offers many benefits in terms of access to labor and closer to sources of raw materials, many of which come from Eastern Washington already.
“Sunnyside is ideally situated for expansion into new marketing regions eastward as well,” Street said.
Ostrom, which has been in business since 1928, grows a variety of mushrooms — white, crimini and portabella — that are shipped to consumers in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii.
The company employs 300 growers, pickers and packers at its Olympia-area facility.
Mushrooms are grown entirely indoors to control moisture and temperature. This allows for harvesting 360 days a year for one of the most stable produce crops available to consumers.
Hester said he expects Ostrom to put 30 acres under cover. He’s hopeful Ostrom will be in business here next year.
In other Port news, Hester said the Varietal Beer Co. construction at South Fifth Street and East Edison Avenue should be completed in the next 4-5 weeks. It will take a few more months for the owners to set it up for operation.