[Market-farming] High value crops.

JOHN A HENDRICKSON jhendric at wisc.edu
Sat Dec 8 08:41:18 EST 2007


I would recommend going to some area farmers' markets and roadside stands and taking notes.  -John

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From: "Franklin W. Davis" <knarfme at comcast.net>
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2007 2:34 am
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] High value crops.
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>


> Hello John...tnx for the advice. I never thought of pricing maybe hurting
> local farmers. A novice question would be...how do you find out what pricing
> is for various fruits and veggies in your area? Franklin 
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> From: John Hendrickson
> Date: 12/7/2007 11:41:25 AM
> To: Market Farming
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] High value crops.
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> Andy makes a good point: non food items often fetch higher prices than
> food.  I know a woman in Wisconsin that gets outrageous returns on wool
> from her small flock of sheep.  Why?  Because she makes wool balls with
> hangers and sells them to people as bird nesting material.  People will
> also pay high prices for corn to feed squirrels.  However, you may not
> want to devote limited space to space-hogging crops like corn and vine
> crops (such as gourds).  The advantage of the gourds and Indian corn for
> you would be that they obviously do not require refrigeration after
> harvest.  Other options in that category would include garlic, popcorn,
> and dried flowers.  Options that would likely require some investment 
> in
> facilities (cold storage) would be berries or fresh flowers.  These are
> quite demanding in terms of labor, however.  As for the tomatoes, I know
> some growers that feel this is a very profitable crop; others that feel
> just the opposite because of the production costs (growing the
> transplants, trellising, pruning, lots of labor inputs, etc.).  If you
> can get a good price in your area for specialty potatoes that might be 
> a
> crop to consider.  On the pro-side, you wouldn't need a cooler but the
> con is that  potatoes do require a good bit of space.
>  
> Just be sure to ask for "real" prices so that you are not undercutting
> full-time vegetable farmers in your area.
>  
> My random thoughts.  -John
>  
> Fellenz wrote:
> > If you have some space and traffic in front of your home, Indian Corn
> > and gourds may do well.  I used to sell Indian Corn for $6/dozen tied
> > in gruops of three and received another $2/dozen for the stalks.
> > Small, brightly colored odd shaped gourds for table displays also get
> > a premium price.  Tomatoes can also do well.
> >
> > Andy
> >
> > Franklin W. Davis wrote:
> >> Hi Folks...am retired and garden on a home scale level. Would like 
> to
> >> expand in a small way to try
> >>   and make a few dollars to help out my retirement funds. What high
> >> value crop(s) would anyone care to comment on that I could raise to
> >> accomplish that goal. Franklin
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