[Market-farming] Planting methods for Salad mix

Richard Stewart rstewart at zoomtown.com
Mon Oct 5 09:20:21 EDT 2009

Bill we sell our thinnings.   Most upscale restaurants pay big bucks  
for 'em.  We thin after the first true leafs set.  Figure right around  
5.00 to 15.00 a pound depending on where you are located and who you  
sell it to.

As we thin we have a clean 5 gal food bucket with spring water in it  
and they simply get tossed in washed and then washed quickly a second  
time.  Nothing fancy.  They get cleaned almost completely the first  
bucket.  We do not spin or anything simply pile and bag and drop off  
with the rest of the order.

Richard Stewart
rstewart at zoomtown.com

On Sep 28, 2009, at 8:29 PM, BillOhio wrote:

> Breck,
> I'm glad that maybe my ramblings made a little sense, at least :).  
> Yes, I'm stripping off outer leaves, often with both hands at the  
> same time. My mother did this 50 years ago or more, and we've kept  
> it up. When the plants are on a 6" grid, the leaves get large enough  
> to make it a fairly fast operation, besides suppressing weed growth  
> as well. OTOH, we just sowed 30 types of lettuce seed in the ground  
> and weeding/thinning is taking a lot of time this week. Sold several  
> pounds for 50 cents per oz as baby leaf lettuce though...Different  
> things work for different folks at different times, and that's what  
> makes life interesting.
> Kind regards,
> Bill

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