[Market-farming] Squash blossoms
Cherry Tree Farms
ctfarms at helicon.net
Sun May 1 10:34:46 EDT 2005
Having sold a few to chefs, I will throw my 2 cents in to select
questions that weren't just accidents:
1: Did well with Patty Pan.
4: Bi-weekly planting
5: Never tried trellising, don't know anyone who has.
6: Pests - A rifle works better on ground hogs than row covers (maybe this
is a local thing)
7: Pick the day before they open, evening seems to work well.
8: Air cool, slight spray of water to maintain plant moisture the following
morning before shipping
9: Pack loosely, Clamshells work well with a slightly moistened paper towel
in the bottom.
Paper sacks work also but present a less professional appearance.
10: Here Chefs buy by the dozen, regional (west PA) price runs $3.50-$3.75
Hope this helps,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Adriana" <gutierrez-lagatta at charter.net>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 3:17 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] Squash blossoms
> I have 3 chefs requesting squash blossoms this summer. I have come up
> lots of conflicting information when plowing the web, so I suspect there
> no single best way to grow this crop. I'd like to hear your experience or
> suggestions regarding:
> 1. Seed variety - Johnny's Selected Seeds recommends Costata Romanesco as
> good variety because of the many male blossoms. I have seen other
> references to the use of unimproved Mexican pumpkin varieties because they
> have a sturdier blossom. One market grower recommended growing pattypan
> squash for blossoms.
> 2. Yield - what yield can I expect per plant per week?
> 3. Plant spacing - typical recommendations call for multiple seeds in
> "hills". I noticed the Costata Romanesco package recommends linear
> planting 9-12" apart which sounds tight given the typical size of zucchini
> 4. Timing - do you recommend bi-weekly or monthly sowing to provide
> continuous harvest throughout the season?
> 5. Trellising - is there any benefit to some sort of trellising. I know
> zucchinis are bush types but I seem to recall reading about growing summer
> squashes on slightly raised wire grids.
> 6. Pests - are row covers advisable
> 7. Harvest - do you harvest the flowers when they are fully opened or at
> bud stage. How frequently should you harvest? Time of day?
> 8. Storage - is it best to air cool the blossoms or can they be hydro
> 9. Packing - what is the best way to pack them.
> 10. Pricing - my search comes up with pricing ranging from 3/$1.00 to
> Adriana Gutierrez
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