Coming to Reading Terminal Market: Corndogs and mushrooms

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Alan Kaufman of Shibumi Farm at Oct. 6's news conference. Also there are Ezekial Ferguson of Fox & Son (right) and market general manager Anuj Gupta.

Reading Terminal Market's next merchants, opening next spring, will focus on corndogs and mushrooms.

The market officially unveiled plans Thursday, Oct. 6 for Shibumi Farm and Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs, which will be set up back to back in the former Salumeria stand.

Shibumi Farm, founded four years ago in Princeton by reformed investment banker Alan Kaufman, will sell about three dozen species of mushrooms, some unique in the United States.

Shibumi does a tidy business among the chef community, but wants to get out to the public in a face-to-face (e.g. retail) environment.

Shibumi also will sell mushroom stocks, pastas, vegetarian and vegan pâtés ,and faux-crab cakes made of mushrooms.

I told you last month about Fox & Son, which will sell corndogs, specialty poutines, Birchrun Hill Farm squeaky cheese curds, and "dressed-up" baked potatoes.  There will be gluten-free, vegetarian, and other allergy-friendly varieties. 

Two of the owners, Rebecca Foxman and Ezekial Ferguson, have managed the Valley Shepherd Creamery & Meltkraft Grilled Cheese stall for the last four years. The third partner is Kevin Kwan, an Atlanta-based hospitality vet and classmate of Foxman's at Culinary Institute of America.

Grammar note: Fox & Son has elected to spell corndog as one word. reflecting common practice of spelling cheesesteak as one word.