[Market-farming] greens

Don Lareau dlareau at tds.net
Thu Oct 28 17:34:51 EDT 2010



Which greens do you not send through the washing machine and have you ever
noticed a change depending on the time of year?  We have been using a
washing machine for the first time this year and like it but wonder if some
stages or some greens would better left out?





Zephyros Farm and Garden

Daphne Yannakakis and Don Lareau

11466 3725 Rd.

Paonia, Co. 81428



dlareau at tds.net



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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Pamela Crowe
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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] greens



On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 4:12 PM, julie <cliffordfarm at aol.com> wrote:

Sorry to sound like such a rookie, but we are really having a problem with
harvesting and sorting greens. We take too long to make it cost effective.
Do any of you have any advice on how to harvest and sort greens quickly? How
pickie are you when sorting? Thanks for any advice.



I don't know the specifics of what time you are taking or your calculation
on cost effective, however, greens are labor intensive. I sort when I am
field harvesting, but I know others who sort after wash. I use an old
washing machine to spin dry certain greens, but not all can withstand this,
so others are set out on  screening. This is something that everyone does
slightly different depending on what is the most efficient way for that
particular person and setup. This is why greens are expensive for the
consumer. You may not be charging enough, too.


I can guarantee you it gets better as you perfect the whole process of
harvesting to fit you. I had a horrible time at first trying to get these
done until I knew the greens intimately and found a system which fit me.
It's an upward struggle and some farmers just don't do greens at all because
of this.


BTW, greens from farmers are field washed and not meant to compete with the
processed ready to eat. I have signs posted about Rewash Me, etc. 





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