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Old August 5, 2016   #14
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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.
I took 2 beer flats of mixed cherry tomatoes to the market... Didn't sell 1 cherry tomato. The only people making any money there were the peach and melon sellers.
One lady did sell a lot of new potatoes and green beans, but only put out one bowl full
at a time, making the customer "think" they were getting the last off them. Soon as they pulled away in their car, she would fill the bowl back up and put it out on her table.
I'm too old to think about growing peaches, so I'm thinking, blackberries,melons or weed
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