[NAFEX] In praise of Raspberries

Spidra Webster spidra at speakeasy.net
Sun Jul 16 12:08:49 EDT 2006

On Jul 16, 2006, at 6:06 AM, road's end farm wrote:
> You've never picked them in commercial quantities, I assume. Much of 
> the cost is in the picking.
> They need to be picked every couple of days; even if the weather is so 
> wet that the berries are already moldy and will just need to be 
> tossed; otherwise the moldy ones may infect the others. They need to 
> be marketed with similar frequency, since they don't store for very 
> long. So they're actually pretty time consuming for the grower. For 
> the home gardener, of course, picking them is part of the pleasure; so 
> the time spent is rarely noted.
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

Interesting.  BHG's Country Gardens magazine recently had a focus on a 
couple who started a U-pick raspberry operation.  Given what you've 
told us, that makes a lot of sense.  You're "hiring" pickers, yet 
making money for it!

Spidra Webster

Berkeley, CA
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