[Market-farming] Market-farming Digest, Vol 134, Issue 10

Harriet Allen hattie_allen at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 18 17:44:39 EDT 2014


I think when we consider the extra value inherent in our high tunnel grown produce in the dead of winter or the dearth of early Spring that we should command somewhat more in price. $2.50 is very inexpensive for a bunch of hakurei turnips. They really are a specialty and the greens on them are superb. The seed is also expensive. I think if a shopper went to the supermarket they could find absolutely nothing at any price that compared with something this fresh and good. I charge $4 a bunch for really nice hakurei turnips, but I normally put about 8 in a bunch, so for 5 or 6 I'd probably charge $3 and even that really isn't enough for the prime space and extra care our winter grown crops occupy...but I feel like we all need to get what our produce is worth and we mostly do not.

A friend of mine visited Europe over the winter and was surprised at how much more expensive the vegetables were at their farmers markets. And these small farmers in Europe are treated more like we treat conventional large commodity crop farmers here. That is, they are nurtured, encouraged, subsidized in some ways. Small farming is cherished there and protected. It is like we have it backward in the states.
 
Hattie's Garden
Lewes, DE 19958




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>I have been delivering Hakurei Turnips and Baby Beets to local consumers
>and restaurants and am interested in others pricing. I am bunching the
>Turnips 5-6 per bunch about 1lb, Beets 5 -6 per bunch 1lb to 1.5 lbs,
>selling them to on-farm retail customers for $2.50. I am selling them
>wholesale to chefs bulk in 1.19 bushel boxes 15 to 18 lbs for $2.00 per lb.
>I have several chefs that want early "baby" Carrots, I usually wait till I
>can sell them when 5 -7 in a bunch make a lb. I have seen prices on the
>internet all over the price map. Any suggestions would be greatly
>appreciated, in particular on baby carrots, thanks in advance.
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>From: "Beth Spaugh" <lists at rhomestead.com>
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>I can tell you, in summer bunched beets, usually 3 to a buch, about ? lb
>total, go for $3 to $4 each bunch.
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>I have been delivering Hakurei Turnips and Baby Beets to local consumers and
>restaurants and am interested in others pricing. I am bunching the Turnips
>5-6 per bunch about 1lb, Beets 5 -6 per bunch 1lb to 1.5 lbs, selling them
>to on-farm retail customers for $2.50. I am selling them wholesale to chefs
>bulk in 1.19 bushel boxes 15 to 18 lbs for $2.00 per lb. I have several
>chefs that want early "baby" Carrots, I usually wait till I can sell them
>when 5 -7 in a bunch make a lb. I have seen prices on the internet all over
>the price map. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, in particular
>on baby carrots, thanks in advance.
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>-- 
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>Gary Scott
>twinspringsfarmva at gmail.com
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>www.twinspringsfarmva.com
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