The R.L. Irwin Mushroom Company was started in 1946 by Raymond Irwin. He had the idea of shipping fresh mushrooms from Kennett Square, PA, the Mushroom Capital of the World, directly to restaurants and hotels in Washington, D.C. Thanks to his ingenuity and hard work the Irwin Mushroom Co. is still going strong over 65 years later.
Ray Irwin passed away in 1977 and his wife, Hazel, and their three sons, Mark, Bryan and Gary, took over the operation of the business. Hazel is no longer active in the business, but she continues to be a source of encouragement and inspiration to her sons.
The Irwin brothers have been fortunate to see the introduction of many varieties of mushrooms into the marketplace. Whereas their father sold only the Pennsylvania white mushrooms, they are able to offer a wide assortment of wild and exotic mushrooms to their customers, as well as locally grown organic herbs and specialty greens. Some of Irwin's mushrooms are still grown in the Kennett Square area, while others are flown in from the west coast and Europe.
The popularity of the specialty mushrooms has enabled the company to grow. In 1987 they moved from the family home to their present location at 909 South Union Street in Kennett Square. The R.L. Irwin Mushroom Co. now serves many fine restaurants and food markets in Washington, New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey.