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Old January 6, 2018   #1
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Default Cant even give em away.

Got to ask yourself, whats worry with people today? i've placed a notice on a FB buy&sell group, 'free black currents, pick your own', no takers of the offer yet. Having to pick your own puts people off, just easier to buy frozen supermarket fruit from China.
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I'll be right over with my punnet

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Hot would be nice too . It's pretty darned chilly where I am!

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Well they may not pick your currants for free, but I bet they'd buy the jelly if you made it to sell. Currants are fantastic fruit, both black and red. I make jelly the easy way, stems included in the boil. It adds a little note to the flavor which we like. This also makes it a lot easier to pick em - never by the each. Boil and steep it first, then stir in the sugar, then pectin and you're done. Great stuff.
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Well they may not pick your currants for free, but I bet they'd buy the jelly if you made it to sell. Currants are fantastic fruit, both black and red. I make jelly the easy way, stems included in the boil. It adds a little note to the flavor which we like. This also makes it a lot easier to pick em - never by the each. Boil and steep it first, then stir in the sugar, then pectin and you're done. Great stuff.
Sounds very straight forward weve picked all we need for a year. Apart from cutting back once a year they are pretty much care free, dont even bother mow around them.
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TRUTH! I have never seen so many people willing to take it if it is picked and cleaned but never take up the offer to come pick them for free. anything, not just fruit... anything in the garden. I have had many times offered a bountiful crop to any pickers for free. I had a woman who thought my green beans cost too much... I told her she could have them if she wanted to walk across the road and pick them. no charge. go have as many as you can use. no strings attached. she turned me down flat.
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Most people out there no longer trust food that's grown in a garden and even picked by human hands! They have idea how it gets into the packaging.
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I think they are afraid if they show up they will get sheared.
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I also wonder if people are so ignorant that they don't even know how to pick the produce. I can't imagine this country having a food crisis but if it did how many would be able grow a "victory" garden or even a tomato plant. and then harvest it when it is ripe.
I just drove through Texas this past week. we went all the way to McAllen. for any who don't know that IS the "Valley" where all of the produce is grown via irrigation from the Rio Grande river. there wasn't an abundance of produce in the fields yet. I saw a field of cabbage. I don't think many people realize how hard it is to grow pick pack and or prepare a crop to get to market.
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No i think its comes down to just having to go and pick them thats to much for 99% of the population now, supermarkets have made people lazy when it comes to food. My sister in law said to me once," why do you grow a garden when its so cheap& easy to buy it", bloody sad to think that most people think like that now.
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Yeah, I had certainly never thought about it before helping out at my friend's farm on market day... holy cow. It is more work to harvest than it is to grow things. I'd say at least 50-50 for labor to harvest vs plant and grow, even with some hand weeding in the mix. (well they mostly wheel hoe but it does come down to hand at times).

Making jelly too - I'm happy to do it for myself and family but it would be hard to justify as a product to sell, mostly because of picking time for currants and other berries. And the currants are not that bad to pick by the handful without pulling them off the stems! But still it is labor time that amounts to a cost even though the fruit is "free" - as Richard said, not much care required once they're established.

Hard to believe the lady with the green beans she wouldn't pick herself but would like you to do it for lower wages.
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Long story sort of.
My second grade school teacher in Mountain Grove Missouri moved to Fort Smith Arkansas.
I was in her first class out of collage.
We moved close to Talihina Oklahoma.
Till the time I got out of High school she would always drive the 50 miles or so to pick food from our garden and help can.

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