[Market-farming] Blackberry Storage

TxBeeFarmer TxBeeFarmer at HotPop.com
Sun Feb 20 10:06:53 EST 2005


Yep, I have Apache and Arapaho?  Sounds like a juicer or freeze dehydrator
might be a good investment.  Do you juice or dehydrate?  If you do, any
suggestions as to which ones to buy?  Saw a steam juicer on the web.  Any
thoughts about those?

Thanks
(West Texas) Mark

> Shelf life is a function of variety.  My target is to get the berries
> sold and delivered the day after picking.  Navajos are more durable
> than others I have seen; they might last two weeks.  Common thorny
> varieties have a maximum shelf life of a week.  You have Apache and
> Arapaho?  You might find those between a week and two weeks, though
> they might look pretty funky after 2-3 days.  Refrigeration is a must
> even for holding overnight.
>
> I haven't found that "pick your own" does much to take up my berry
> slack.  All the pick-your-owners want to pick Saturday while my slack
> demand is early and mid week.  Grocery stores tend to order more
> heavily for Thursday and Friday delivery for week-end sale.
>
> Last year, I built a couple of insulated boxes for hauling cold stuff,
> including berries, in trucks.  2" thick walls, holding about 4 bu,
> around 12-15 dozen pints.  Before the boxes, any berries that came back
> from a farmers market were of no value.
>
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