The Pioneer

In the late 1920s, William W. Phillips helped make breakthroughs in  mushroom farming in Kennett Square, PA, "The Mushroom Capital of the World." The Phillips family, now in its fourth generation, has been growing top-quality mushrooms ever since.

In 1927, William Phillips started with a small mushroom growing business in Kennett Square, PA. Before this time, mushrooms were a winter crop, in part due to temperature. William was one of the first to use ice for temperature control — making it possible for mushrooms to grow year-round — providing a significant breakthrough for the mushroom industry. Williams’s passion for growing top-quality mushrooms and his dedication to customers is what encouraged his drive for innovation. It inspired many in the area including his sons, Donald and Marshall.