It all started with Michaël Loyer’s interest and passion for growing mushrooms as a kid. The co-owner started out cultivating gourmet mushrooms as a hobby at his home using a small closet.
He later became a chef and met entrepreneurs Graham Smith and Jim Spathis.
They all shared the same passion about growing mushrooms, and, in 2018, founded their new mushroom cultivation business - Les 400 Pieds de Champignon - in Montréal's Côtes-des-Neiges borough, in a 400 square foot office space.
Initially, they were growing three different kinds of mushrooms in their small space and they produced 150 pounds of mushrooms a week.
Due to the outstanding quality and freshness, they quickly outgrew their 400 square foot office space, and expanded their business at the beginning of 2020. In their new larger facility, they could now grow over 10 different varieties of mushrooms as well as help other mushroom enthusiasts learn to grow their own at home by providing the tools and knowledge.
In 2021 August, they opened their first store in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. In the store they not only offer their fresh, cultivated mushrooms but you can also find different sauces, coffee, pickles and more!