Tylor and Danielle Berreth, proprietors of Saguache-based Alpine Valley Mushrooms, are a common sight at farmers' markets and events such as the Crestone Energy Fair selling their produce — mushrooms.
According to Tylor Berreth, the two have been in business for about a year and a half and have a son, Boletus, who is the same age as the business. The entire family is a great addition to any market or festival they attend. The couple had a cafe in their current Saguache location that has morphed into their mushroom farm.
Interest in mushrooms began when Tylor was a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and he was tasked to grow an herb for herbal medicine classes. He decided that rather than grow an herb, he grew a shitake mushroom, and "That was the starting point, that was the first mushroom I ever grew. I became interested in the medicinal benefits. I became super-fascinated. A huge shout-out to my teachers at MSU Denver, including Dr. Stephen Rissman," who is a professor and a faculty member in the Integrative Health Program in the Department of Health Professions at the university. "He helped me pursue that passion."
Tylor added that his wife, Danielle began taking classes at the botanical garden and studied medicinal medicine. "She started to get into the herbal medicine, and I got into the fungal medicine, and we just combined forces, and we grew our passions together," he said.
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