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Two firms looking at Vale for mushroom growing

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – Two companies are looking to reintroduce mushroom growing to the Vale area. Total investment to get the process going would exceed $40 million for mushroom factories that could create 400 new jobs.

The closest to doing so is Farmers Fresh, a Canadian company that recently bought 117 acres at the intersection of Frontier Lane and Lagoon Drive just outside of Vale.

Right behind Farmers Fresh is a Colorado businessman who is looking at reviving the property formerly known as Oregon Trail Mushroom.

All this means a major economic boost for Vale and Malheur County.

“We plan to return to Vale soon and sign the papers on the deal,” said Tan Troung, president and founder of Farmers Fresh. “We have agreed upon a price.”

Troung declined to say what the company paid for the land.

Once the papers are signed, Troung said . . .