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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Part III - Highveld Mushrooms in Bryanston, South Africa

November 19, we got up at 7:00 and had breakfast. We packed up and checked out from the Holiday Inn, Sandton.
By 9:00 Chris Richardson picked us up. We are going to visit his and Colin Jacobson's Highveld Mushrooms farm.
David Blyth, the farm manager gave us a tour.
Here I proudly show off their excellent quality mushrooms.
On  the road to Highveld Mushrooms, seeing the road signs: Pretoria - Olifantsfontein and Pelindaba
And now closer to Highveld Mushrooms.
You can see the mountains in the distance.
At Highveld Mushrooms click link for also finding mouthwatering recipes!
We first got a farm tour by manager David Blyth.
Around 11:00 I met with Elizabeth, the Zulu harvest manager and I did give a harvest demonstration for all.
Yes, I did work all afternoon with these girls and I did leave Elizabeth a written note with hints and tips for implementing. She was so happy with that and hugged me and said: 'I will tell my Mama all about you!'
Yes, we have seen some tribal women in South Africa making their faces WHITE, as seen in this picture to the left towards top rows.
Showing off Higveld's product.
Open Brown Mushrooms or Oop Bruin Sampioene in Afrikaans.
Highveld Mushroom produce in their cold storage.
A very warm letter from Highveld Mushrooms director, Colin Jacobson after he received some photographs and a copy of my article for the Courier Herald (see link below about My South Africa Publication...)
The above mentioned South African farm manager, David Blyth, did actually visit us in Dublin, Georgia on August 10, 1986!
 Here in this photo is husband Pieter, David Blyth from Highveld Mushrooms, South Africa and Jim Yeatman from, Pennsylvania.
David Blyth to the left, me in the center and Jim Yeatman from Organic Mushrooms to the right.
SMALL WORLD...
In Maastricht, The Netherlands (the capital of my Province) we met again with the next generation of Highveld Mushrooms people, in May of 2000 at the International Mushroom Science Congress
Guess this must be Chris Richardson's son Ross...

Thanks for your visit and stay tuned for Part IV





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14 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette, I knew we would get to the mushrooms! I suppose that mushroom farming must have very different problems from regular agriculture, but still in the end each mushroom must be perfect and unblemished.
    --Jim

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  2. Liebe Mariette,

    ich danke für deinen eindrucksvollen Post.

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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  3. We can cook everything with mushrooms ! I love it :)
    Good day dear Mariette.

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  4. It is very interesting to know Highveld mushrooms and to see so many excellent quality packed product!!
    Such a lovely photo of you and those girls together! You have experienced to see many friends, Mariette.
    I enjoyed your post! Beautiful day to both of you!

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  5. Interesting story about the mushrooms(I eat almost every day some)up to part 4....

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  6. You have it all so well documented Mariette. I love mushrooms.

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  7. Wow those mushrooms look fat and yummy :-) Sounds like Elizabeth was so impressed and happy with your help! And how wonderful the farm manager got to visit you in Georgia from South Africa. Very lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing your story, Mariette!

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  8. That is a beautiful experience in mushroom harvesting..

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  9. Liebe Mariette,
    Pilzernte - wer kann davon schon berichten?
    Wieder ein gelungener, eindrucksvoller Rückblick.
    Einen angenehmen Resttag wünscht dir
    Irmi

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  10. Oh gee, Mariette!
    We used to call the large ones the Portbello mushrooms... Don"t ask me why! and they were delicious grilled on the braaivleis (barbecue in afrikaans) with the meat.
    I didn't know where the farm was or that it could be visited!!
    More lovely memories for me!!
    Keep well and enjoy what's left of the week!

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  11. Thanks for sharing, Mariette! I may never get there myself, so it's wonderful to learn from another's journey. I love a mushroom gravy. Mushrooms are reported to be one of the wonder foods that have all sorts of benefits in a diet.

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  12. So many wonderful memories for you and Pieter, dear Mariette! Sometimes we don't think about where our food is grown, or how, and it is always interesting to me to learn about this. I just read that mushrooms manufacture their own vitamin D and are a good source for our diet. It's wonderful that you were able to host the farm manager later, and also to meet the new generation! xo Karen

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  13. I love grilled mushrooms with soy sauce. Happy Sunday.

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  14. Uwielbiam pieczarki.Mariette masz miłe wspomnienia z tamtych czasów.Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

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