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I almost fainted today at the farmer's market!!! I went to get some extra strawberries to round out the ones I picked at home to make freezer jam and started looking around at the berries there. Raspberries and blackberries were $23.99 a flat (12 small cartons) and blueberries were $27.99 a flat!!!! I had to pay $10 for a half flat of strawberries! :( I'm glad that I have my own raspberries that are going gung ho right now. Made a double batch of jam a couple days ago and just went out and picked what I figured would be $12 worth this evening! I'm going to keep increasing my strawberries from the runners and I have 2 blueberry plants that I just got this spring. I might get a couple more to plant too. How much are berries going in YOUR area?????
 
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I have no idea how much flats are around here. We paid $3.99 for a pound of organic strawberries the other day. The non-organic were $2.99.

The $23.99 a flat for blackberries that you quoted sounds cheap. They're about $5 for a small carton here (about 8 oz, I think).
 

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A small carton here, at the store on sale, is usually $2.99 I like making my own jams and jellies because I know that everything at my house is organically grown and there aren't a bunch of "extra" ingredients or "natural" flavors in it like the store bought kind. Tastes alot better too! I wouldn't be able to make as much if I had to pay for all the berries though!!!
 

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june is the big strawberry season here. you can find day nuetral and everbearing varieties throughout the summer, but most farms have lots of june bearing and i will report the price of those. they were $3.75-$3.95 per quart in season at the local farm stands and country stores. black raspberries were @ $3 per 6 oz. container at the local grocery store. i didn't bother pricing raspberries at the farm stands and country stores as i had just enough. i had extra strawberries and was curious of the price. i was kind to my neighbor and sold her a few quarts for $3.25 per quart. i should have had about 40% or 50% more strawberries this year, but i had pest troubles. the ants and sap beetles destroyed lots of my berries...but i digress. much like you, i keep expanding my berry patches. berry prices will not come back down i bet, so if i want berries i had better grow plenty.
 

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I almost fainted today at the farmer's market!!! ...How much are berries going in YOUR area?????
I was astonished that the U-pick blueberries at my favorite farm are going for $1.10 a pound! :grump: I know they weren't nearly that price last year.

I didn't think I would have to resort to buying blueberries again. I planted 7 bushes last fall and they were loaded when a thief stripped them. The thief (thieves) were, I believe, city workers who came onto my property to mark their right of way. (My bushes were way inside my property line and are 10 feet above the road - not visible to passing traffic.) I called the supervisor and he said "humm. The lady down the street has video of guys in orange shirts stripping her cherry trees but I know my guys wouldn't take them." You guessed it. The city workers wear orange shirts. :nono: I was SO mad!

Thank goodness my raspberries did very well and the marionberries are absolutely loaded. I have probably picked 3-4 gallons from the 6 plants I put in last summer. I'm freezing them until I can process the berries. Next year I should have Honeyberries and Jostaberries to boot.
 

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Man! That would make me SOOOO mad to have somebody strip my berry bushes!!! I agree with MELOC - I don't think berry prices are going to come down either. All of the health magazines are toting the health benefits of eating berries - esp. blue berries and I read that they are the most popular berry this year for consumers. I went out this evening and picked what would have cost me $12 worth of raspberries at the farmers market....I'll just keep expanding my OWN berry plots!!! No paying those crazy prices for ME!!!
 

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Here in Ohio I have my own Strawberries, Blackberry, Red Rasp and Black Rasp. This year the only one that produced over a quart was the Black Rasp berries.
I have 12 Bluberry bushes and they Just didnt do well this year due to the dry weather.
I bought some Bluberries for the first time ever this year to do a fruit spread recipe and I paid 2.49 a pint.
 

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I pick my own blueberries and saskatoons and some wild raspberries. wild blueberries are sought around here. I don't know how many is in a 'flat', but generally about $25/gal is pretty much the going price if you want to buy them anywhere.
 

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The U-pick blueberries go for 1.25/lbs. or 4.25/lb for organic! Saw raspberries for 4.25 a 1/2 pint at the farmers market. Blueberries sold for 5.5o a quart. Just keep going up every year. The bulk blueberries sell for $22-27 for a 10lb lug. Lisa
 

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A flat here is 12 little cardboard containers that hold probably 2 cups if heaped up. MW - do you know how long it takes for blueberries to establish themselves? Mine didn't produce anything THIS year but I figured it might take a year or two.
 

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Blueberry plants take 2-3 years to start to produce. Almost all the blueberries were lost in the April freeze this year. Hopefully they will make it next year.
I am interested in growing blackberries and raspberries in containers. Does anyone know if this is possible and have you tried it?
 

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Daisybell - I haven't tried it but I am tempted to put some of my stray raspberry starts into some half whiskey barrels that I have. I think as long as it is deep enough for the root system and to hold a steady moisture, it would probably be OK. I don't think that they would do well in anything smaller though. My raspberries are about 4 ft tall when bearing so you might have to stand on a stool to pick them. :)
 
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