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Old 08-20-2010, 11:36 PM   post #16 of 49
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What kind of equipment do you have? How much time do you have? What is your knowledge on growing produce? What is there a market for?

Blackberries are the first thing that come to mind. Squash, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and the previously mentioned pumpkins are good for a roadside stand. The main thing is to have what other people don't have or have it when they don't.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:39 AM   post #17 of 49
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Check with your local Cornell Cooperative Extension first, but if you can't get answers then go straight to Cornell (by phone) and ask; they've been a world of help to me.

My in-laws grow a lot of peaches and cherries on the orchards out in the area south of Lake Ontario, in addition to the various orchards they have around here. The peaches are the best we've ever seen, even from when I was in Georgia (sorry, it's true!). Broome is south of me, what hardiness zone are you in? It may be do-able. Apples, as well as pears and plums to a lesser degree (less demand) are very profitable with the right plan. Grapes also, today especially wine grapes, just make sure you plant vines with a market not only in mind but also with contacts already made to see what they want and how much they want. Finger Lakes wineries can't grow all they need or want due to land limitations, so if you've got the soil, climate, and cultivation practices that produce the character that they're looking for, you'll sell-out everything you've got every year thereafter.

No guarantees in cropping... anything. Wise diversity pays the most in the long run.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:17 AM   post #18 of 49
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I'm so glad this thread came up.
I've been thinking of making a Cash crop to sell at Aggie stands in Flea market and the open farmers market.
OKRA, does well here and sells well. The Buyers want a guarantee though.
Okra, once it starts growing, is a Pick-every-job. From Aug to first Frost, you spend a few hours out there Snapping Okra. But it sells good.

Corn is sure not my first thought, and neither are Berries or Tree fruit.
Most greens will grow if you can get water to them it seems.

You never see leftover Potatoes or Onions? Carrots are a waste of time, I dont eat em'.

Around here Tomatos are iff'y.
In one Row, you can have three good plants and four 'victims' of some kinda blight.

This idea of contacting the extension services, and the Resturants is good. I think I'll hit that up later this week.

Everybody report back and lets all learn something.
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Barely they will always need it for BEER cant go wrong there
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Barley is a great idea. Hops too. I wonder what other medicinal plant we could consider?
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Barley is a great idea. Hops too. I wonder what other medicinal plant we could consider?

lol It grows well from what i hear
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:14 AM   post #22 of 49
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local farm bureau will have stats on all that info. I know I found it when I was considering moving to the Hood River OR area and I found what was the best crop and everything I needed to know to decide how best to make money. I would think your area has the same. Check the Farm Bureau
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:28 AM   post #23 of 49
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so how did your planting adventure go
i think plant corn to make shine it sells for more tastes better & is easy to carry in hidden compartments of your hot rod

i to planning a cash crop in old pasture thinking red soft winter wheat fall 2011 then corn with cow peas spring 2012 (if we survive the mian calendar) betwen rows hand pick corn then bail the stalks & peas for high protien feed
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:16 AM   post #24 of 49
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It's still too early to be planting here yet. We're still waiting for the rest of the snow to melt off.

I'm going to be planting potatoes & corn for sure, but I'm still working on a plan for other crops. I'm picking up my "new-to-me" potato planter Saturday.
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i think to a degree it has a lot to do with the market your in and the markets you create. For instance Thudpucker mentioned Okra, that's not an item normally eaten here in Iowa. We have to look in certain stores to find it when the wife makes gumbo. They were getting $5.oo a pound for Heirloom tomatoes last summer. Asparugus is something that sells well here and once established they don't take a lot of work. Berries of many kinds interest me.
And I'm researching Hazelnuts and Chinese Chestnuts.
Bur the hardest part is finding the market and or distribution outlets for what you produce. I'm surrounded by Corn/soybean Farmers and live 1/4 mile from an elevator. But for produce, there is a one day farm to market in town and one in Des Moines. That or a roadside stand is the only outlets.
No canning, processing plants nearer than Rochester Minnesota as far as I know.
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If you want a super sweet yellow corn, Honey Select is it. I have a customer that calls my G-90, "sweet G-90." I gave him a few ears of Honey Select and told him to try it with out any thing on it. He agreed it didn't need butter or anything else.

I'm from Ontario county, Naples. When I was a kid,(50 years ago) there were a lot of blackberries in the area. Now there aren't. They don't take long to get producing and could easily be raised organically. Even sustainable organic is a plus.

Where is Broome county?
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Where is Broome county?
Broome County is along the NY/PA line surrounding Binghamton.
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Think about loose leaf greens ,headed greens such as cabbage .A few apple or pear trees ,cherries,plum ,peach. on the other hand .Christmas tree farm.
Tomato,peppers,beans squash .What about grapes ? it is time to plant those.From the area your in it would be hard to say about melons.
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In Northeast PA my brother's small organic farm had the best profit margins with lettuce/greens and varieties of squash.
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Barley is a great idea. Hops too. I wonder what other medicinal plant we could consider?
sweet corn for shine
cowpeas for soil improvment & high protien hay
wheat for cash & bail the straw as it brings more that fescue hay
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