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Re: About commercial garden products

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Posted by Fawteen on July 08, 2003 at 19:28:08 from (

In Reply to: About commercial garden products posted by Clod on July 08, 2003 at 11:47:55:

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.

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