An Elk County man with a growing fascination for mushrooms is sharing that passion with the community through his new mushroom farm, Hometown Cap and Spore, in St. Marys.

Hometown Cap and Spore is a small mushroom farm that specializes in growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms that was started in spring/summer of 2023, said founder Joe Kreckel. Mushrooms are for sale at local farmers markets, Pfaff’s Market in St. Marys, Elk County Foods in Ridgway and Johnsonburg, as well as Big Maple Farms on Long Lovel Road in Ridgway.

“I have an obsession for growing the highest quality mushrooms that I can possibly produce. The mushrooms teach me something new every day. My customers must receive the freshest, highest quality product possible. Mushrooms are picked, immediately packaged, and delivered to my customers on the same day.”

This love for mushrooms started several years ago for Kreckel when he saw a video on the internet about growing one’s own mushrooms from home. “I find mushrooms incredibly fascinating – the way they grow, how they reproduce and communicate – their role in the ecosystem, etc.,” he said.