US (SD): "My quickest variety takes about three to four weeks, that’s the pink oyster"

A lot of farmers grow corn or soybeans, but the man you’re about to meet is not your typical farmer. He grows a certain kind of crop that many others do not. A lot of the upscale restaurants in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas buy his products and serve them to their customers. “No one else in Sioux Falls was doing it, so I saw it as a good business opportunity,” Dan Rislov said.

Dan Rislov is growing his business, literally. “I was doing community gardens awhile back, and I was researching how to grow vegetables and I stumbled across a mushroom farmer on YouTube,” Rislov said. From there it just kind of mushroomed into a full-time business venture. Welcome to Dakota Mushrooms and Microgreens.

Although he’s been in business for eight years, Rislov admits he’s not rich. “Not yet, but I have hopes it’s a lot of work trying to get a day off,” Rislov said. Rislov has been growing his mushrooms and microgreens in this one thousand-square-foot building near Tea.

“As you can see, there isn’t any growth yet, but in about two weeks, it’ll look like this,” Rislov said. Growing mushrooms is a six-step process that’s a little too complicated to try to explain, but Rislov has it mastered.


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