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Old August 5, 2016   #17
Nematode
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Originally Posted by Cole_Robbie View Post
June is the month to sell tomatoes in Illinois. By mid-July, it becomes pointless.

That's part of the reason I let my garden fall apart at this time of year. As the summer progresses, it becomes more work to keep everything pruned, trellised, and sprayed while the demand for tomatoes disappears.

I can still sell about $200 a week worth of my mixed color cherry and saladette mix at this time of year, but that's at $2 a pint, $3 a quart, which are prices so low that they disgust even me. And that's going to two markets. My stuff should fly off the table at that price, instead of taking all morning to sell, but I still take a few home.

It would make the most sense for me to grow everything under plastic, sell it in June, and be done by the first week of July. And then figure out something else to plant besides tomatoes.
Anything you can grow out of season will bring a premium.
There are some good crops that can be winter harvested if grown under plastic, but not too many sub zero farmers markets out there.
Im sure you all are familiar with Elliott Coleman's work.
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