Now in its sixth year, the Premier Mushrooms Grant Program is accepting applications to benefit non-profit groups in Colusa County.
According to John Ashbaugh, CEO of Premier Mushrooms, there is greater opportunity for local non-profits to be funded as the program has been expanded.
“Each year, we contribute the sale of mushrooms at the weekly Colusa Certified Farmers Market where 100 percent of the sale is given back to grant program,” said Ashbaugh. “This year’s tally of sale was almost double of that in previous years.”
Farmers Market coordinator and Farm to Fork Dinner coordinator, Jennifer Diaz commented she was extremely pleased with the response the fresh mushrooms brought from shoppers at the weekly market.
“They are delicious and so fresh when we get them, there is always a big demand for them,” she said.
Local restaurant Market Street Grill also participated by selling mushrooms at her establishment to help benefit the grant program.
Market Street Grill owner Diane Schuman commented she is pleased to be a part of this program as well.
In addition to mushroom sales, the grant program benefited from the Farm to Fork dinner held for the first time this summer.
“The response to the Farm to Fork Dinner was even greater than expected, and as such, the dinner committee voted to add $1,000 of the dinner’s profits to the grant program fund,” said Ashbaugh.
“The great sales year we had, and the success of the Farm to Fork Dinner, will provide an even greater opportunity for our county’s non-profit groups to participate,” said Diaz.
“We have seen a continued growth in the number of applications we see and interest in the grants,” said Ashbaugh. “I’m very pleased it will now have the potential to assist even more Colusa County non-profit projects,” said Ashbaugh.
The grant funds will be awarded during the annual Premier Mushrooms Inc. Grants Breakfast hosted by Premier Mushrooms Inc. in mid-January 2017 when Ashbaugh will announce the award amounts.
“We are pleased to see this program grow,” said Premier Mushrooms Inc. CEO John Ashbaugh.
Ashbaugh added that Premier Mushrooms is grateful to be a part of the community and it is a pleasure to give back however it can. Premier Mushrooms provided this year’s Colusa Farmer’s Market with signage and banners for the weekly market.
Applications are available by contacting Kathy Craigo Media Consulting at (530) 458-3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Premier Mushroom Inc. office at 2880 Niagra Avenue, Colusa, CA 95932, on its website at www.premiermushrooms.com. The deadline for applications is Dec. 30, 2016. ■