[NAFEX] In praise of Raspberries

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Sun Jul 16 12:12:29 EDT 2006


On Jul 16, 2006, at 12:08 PM, Spidra Webster wrote:

>
> 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!
>

Although, you probably need to go out and pick in lousy weather, to  
avoid building up too much mold.  But yes, they are a good PYO crop.   
Most of the PYO places I've been to have some.

Ginda
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