[Market-farming] Fall sales slump

Tradingpost tradingpost at lobo.net
Wed Sep 20 15:29:45 EDT 2006


This is just one item, but if you get tomatoes started early enough they
can set fruit before days get too hot to set fruit, and they'll be maturing
and selling during the heat of summer. At the same time, you start a later
crop or later maturing crop, and have tomatoes setting fruit soon as summer
heat lets up. A two-step approach. One other item - chard. It doesn't bolt
like lettuce in the summer, and it's a good *spinach* substitute with
milder flavor and quick to cook. Around here people look for it and nobody
has it.  Are you using drip irrigation and mulch?


paul tradingpost at lobo.net
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On 9/20/2006 at 2:17 PM cjmaness at juno.com wrote:

>I guess I was hoping for the "magic" crop. That someone would write and
>say, "oh haven't you tried ---------? It survives heat, drought, and
>customers just can't get enough of it! 
>Our market is in a college town, and we certainly see a difference on
>game days. We are selling out nearly every week, but we aren't bringing
>enough produce to market either. That's the problem. To have something
>coming off right now, means transplanting during the hottest, driest part
>of the year. We tried, and not much survived.
>The number one question asked at market week in and week out is: how do
>you cook this? Some people truly don't know how, and others are looking
>for new recipes.
>We've looked at, and have tried planting more in the spring and to make
>more money then, to make up for the slump now. That works up to a point,
>but we end up not getting things done, like mowing the lawn. We are so
>busy trying to get it all picked that I miss planting dates in the
>greenhouse, or I'm late transplanting to the field. Time is a big problem
>around here.
>I guess everyone goes through that though. 
>I supposed someday, we will get organized. Someday we will have a handle
>on exact planting dates, how much to plant, and all of that other
>management type stuff!
>Carla
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