The ideal CSA or Market garden would include???

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  1. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    If you had unlimited resources, what would your CSA or market garden include, both in equipment/facilities and produce grown? As this won't be happening here what would you start with? I'm thinking of planting 6-8 acres of sweet corn, 2 or 3 of potatoes (Yukon Gold,+ red, and whites), various squashes (no idea how much), tomatoes, runner beans, and ????? These will be sold at the local farmers' market, this year.
     
  2. jackie c

    jackie c Well-Known Member

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    You know Ross I was having a hard time figuring out what to plant and them I just put myself in the buyers shoes, what would you like to see in that bag or box of goodies if you were the buyer? And as for the 2005 thing, I saw moopups had posted a thread to go right now and put that 2005 on your cheques! He's a smart guy!!
     

  3. anniew

    anniew keep it simple and honest Supporter

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    If you were doing a CSA it would be a different mix than a farmers
    market. The farmers market can offer the same type of stuff
    each week, whereas the CSA must have variety which must
    be coordinated with succession planting so that they get, for
    instance, salad greens every week, among other things.
    If you know where you'll be selling this season, you might
    choose to grow things that other growers aren't doing, or
    do a better job with what they are currently growing. It
    depends on customers. Is there a large ethnic group that likes
    certain things, or are they people that like the standard
    tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, etc.
    Depending on your experience and equipment, the acreage you
    are talking about for corn and potatoes could be overwhelming.
    Unless you know the market, sometimes it seems like a crap
    shoot for a couple of years.
    Good luck...Ann
     
  4. mtnhighgirl

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    The big sellers at the market here are: spinach, salad greens, fresh herbs and berries.
     
  5. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Boy do I miss the email notification! Acreage is manageable, I have a corn picker and a potato digger. I have a good amount of equipment, tillage is a no brainer too. Experience is a problem, I have had small gardens, and grown field crops but veggie marketing/growing on a large scale would be new. That is why I am sticking to pretty basic plants and the farmers market where I already sell lamb and wool etc. I'd think you'd need staggered planting no matter where you sell, but the farmers market is easier and less demanding to start. I have to work out irrigation yet too. I'm thinking a resivour to drip irrigation but flooding would be cheaper to start. Just if we have a dry year my run off pit will be drained fairly quickly. Still if you plan on failing you'll never start, droughts happen, so do rainy years.