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Clod    Posted 07-08-2003 at 11:47:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was make OK money in construction awhile back.Moved to a out of town place and had good fenced-in land I could have planted.I was going to rent a giant tiller with 671 Detroit diesel called a Rex Mixer.( We had to build streets with)I tlked to a guy who lived in the country place about makeing a four acre garden with the mixer because it would be easy that way. Just take a Farmall Cub with cultivator and make rows then put seeds.This way get free fresh vegetables and a profit by selling the part you dont need.He told me that Farmers Market in Houston sells it cheaper than you can grow it yourself. So I didnt do that.But I have always wondered how that can be a fact? Does anyone agree with the old guy or what?


Fawteen    Posted 07-08-2003 at 19:28:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can buy a head of lettuce in the grocery store cheaper than you can grow it because the folks that grew it grew several million heads and benefit from the economies of scale and cheap green-card labor.

If the "farmer's market" is really populated by small-scale truck farmers, they probably can't grow it any cheaper than you can, and if they're selling it at grocery chain prices, they're insane.

The whole point here, as a couple of folks have mentioned, is quality and input control. If you grow it, you know it hasn't been irradiated, sprayed, poisoned, doused with insecticide, genetically modified and handled by a coupla hunnert people who wash their hands once a month.

Also, as someone mentioned, gardening is good for the soul.

Will you make money truck gardening? Probably not much, if any, when you count your labor. You might be able to sell enough to pay for your costs on what you eat, but you'll work yer butt off for it.


Tom A    Posted 07-08-2003 at 14:13:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can find stuff in the grocery store cheaper than I can grow it, but it is normally cr@p grown who-knows-where. Farmer's market here doesn't sell anything cheaper, so I think your friend is either pulling your leg or is lazy and wants you to be lazy too.

Even if it weren't cheaper, I'd still grow my own because it is fresher, better tasting than I can get elsewhere and I know what I use to grow it...don't have to worry about whether the stuff is healthy to eat or not. I also have a really good time playing in the dirt, and it is one more excuse to get some seat-time on my tractor...amazing how many times you need to cultivate a garden before it is "just right"!

anyway, plant a garden cuz it is good for ya and that's what country folks do.

tom


Clod    Posted 07-08-2003 at 14:43:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am beginning to think the man was a bad advisor.It is hard to believe his story.The food products had labor involved,transport and maybe a change of ownership when it hit the market.Some people just buy everything rather than try to do it themselves.


Ivey    Posted 07-08-2003 at 13:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the farmer at the mkt sells it cheaper than it can be grown, he's losing money. Maybe he would like to just give me the money he would have lost, then take a year off! LOL.
I think somebody will always say discouraging things to get a guy to give up, but I don't know why they do that.


Clod    Posted 07-08-2003 at 13:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ivey.. I think the same thing.Some people just say things are impossible because anything out of the standard proceedure is impossible in their minds.


KellyGa    Posted 07-08-2003 at 11:56:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a big State Farmers market her in Forest Park, have to go down and check out the prices, haven't been in a long time, let you know what I find out. I forget abou it, its just right down the road from me.


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