About us

According to the hieroglyphics of 4,600 years ago, ancient Egyptians believed mushrooms to be the plant of immortality. The delicious flavour of mushrooms intrigued the pharaohs of Egypt so much that they decreed mushrooms were food for royalty and that no commoner could ever touch them. Fortunately, Chanmar humbled it down for EVERYONE to enjoy!

It has always been a life dream of Marietjie Kruger to own her own mushroom farm. She realized this dream when she established Chanmar's Humble Mushrootm in 2003 and, what started out as a small scale operation, is today a fully-fledged farming industry. After starting in Limpopo's famous Waterberg region, Chanmar, in early 2015, relocated to Gauteng and settled on the outskirts of Pretoria, that is now home to Chanmar's Humble Mushroom.

On relocating to Gauteng Marietjie partnered with Fanus Vermaak who previously owed Monti Mushrooms.

'Chanmar' is derived from Marietjie's two daughters, Chantell and Marlize.

 The farm mainly grows white button mushrooms (80% of their product offering) as well as some brown mushrooms.

Most of these mushrooms are packaged and distributed to chain stores throughout Gauteng and Limpopo whilst a small portion goes directly to the catering market. Recently Chanmar also embarked on a journey whereby mushrooms are preserved into a delicacy to be served as a snack or light refreshment. Available in three flavours – Spicy Masala, Mustard & Garlic and Sweet & Sour – this pickled version has become very popular and currently distributed via 85 outlets within Gauteng and Limpopo.

Marietjie and Fanus manages the running of Chanmar's growth rooms together. Every day she evaluates the rooms' compost and checks that their temperature, moisture levels, air flow and water requirements are in order. It takes dedication and skill to grow quality mushrooms and Marietjie loves it: "It's like a hobby. Although it's long hours, I like the fact that each growth room and its respective compost has its own identity keeping you on your toes and making every harvest a challenge." With regards to her working in the agricultural industry she says: "I believe that whether you're a man or woman, if your heart is in what you do, then you're in the right place."

The company is driven by a passion for customer service and a quality product and therefore hygiene and disease prevention is of the utmost importance. Due to the very complex and sensitive environment, the farm is therefore not able to accommodate any visitors. Mushroom growing is one of the most unusual stories in agriculture to mushrooms being such a unique vegetable.

Marietjie acknowledges God for her success and feels grateful towards her daughters and friends for their patience and support in her work where the mushrooms determine her amount of free time. When she does have some leisure time she likes spending it in Africa's wilderness.

To this day Chanmar is still continuing to mushroom (no pun intended!) – JUST WATCH THIS SPACE!