[Market-farming] Blackberry Storage
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?
(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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