different cropping schemes for different markets

Marcie Rosenzweig fullcircle at jps.net
Mon Jun 3 09:02:33 EDT 2002

Allan's question brings up an interesting topic - planting for your 
market.  I've long contended that different marketing schemes require 
different croping patterns.  My cropping was different when my market 
mix was dominated by multiple farmers markets and restaurants than 
when it was dominated by the CSA.

If you have apprentices and/or work shares you may be better able to 
absorb the extra labor of crops who's picking requires handling 
individual small pieces multiple times.  On the other hand, maybe you 
trade with a tomato specialist for something you do well, like 
melons, and both farms prosper.

Marcie A. Rosenzweig
Full Circle
3377 Early Times Ln
Auburn, CA  95603-7900
(530) 885-9201

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