David Scherr, 62, of Dave & Dee's Homegrown Mushrooms died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 5. Scherr and his wife, Dee, started their mushroom business in 2003. Both Scherrs previously worked for a car dealership. Their farm had a surreal quality when you saw it: Mushrooms grew on the outside of big bags hanging from the ceiling inside of a long Quonset hut on their property in Sedley.
Soon, they were providing three kinds of oyster mushrooms for restaurants all over Richmond and as far east as Virginia Beach — places such as Lemaire, Millie's Dinner, the Roosevelt, the Magpie, Heritage (and more), plus retailers such as Ellwood Thompson Local Market and Whole Foods. No cause of death was available at publication time.CORRECTION: This story originally stated that the Scherrs spoke at Fire, Flour & Fork at the end of October. Although they were scheduled, they were unable to attend.