Continental Mushroom, Metcalfe's largest employer, closes doors

The largest employer in Metcalfe, Ont., south of Ottawa, has shut its doors as the mushroom farm, Continental Mushroom, lost millions of dollars because of a mould issue.

200 people lose jobs after mushroom farm closes down south of Ottawa

Mushroom farm, the largest employer in Metcalfe, Ont., shuts down. 2:50

The largest employer in Metcalfe, south of Ottawa, closed its doors quietly last month as one of Canada’s largest mushrooms farms is no more.

Continental Mushroom, which employed about 200 people, had produced mushrooms for more than 40 years. On average, the farm produced about 200,000 lbs. of mushrooms per week.

On Aug. 19, 2014, general manager Lyle Whitham said the company closed its doors and went into receivership.

This comes after the farm had to rid itself of mould problems, which cost them millions. The mould had limited production to about 45,000 to 47,000 lbs. per week.

Click on the video to see Ashley Burke’s discussion with Whitham and others regarding the closure.