Home Grown Raspberries are Easy and Money Making
In this day and age, buying labor intensive or specialty food is expensive. Berries? They are in their own class of expensive. It is ridiculous to pay $4.25 for a box of berries that will not even make half a pie. The solution? grow the plants in your own backyard.
My family got the idea to grow a slew of Raspberries when we moved into our new house. We bought a 7.8 acre lot that was farm assessed, and we needed a way to make our land as farm like as possible. The neighbors were all on board to be potential buyers of our berry farm, so my mom ordered 7 varieties of raspberries that spanned from small golden goodies to plump purples. When the plants arrived, I was skeptical (to say the least) of the successfulness of our plan. The baby plants looked like dead spiky twigs, but we started planting them along the inside perimeter of the garden about 3 feet apart from each other.
In the beginning of June the next summer, big green canes started growing out of the ground and green leaves actually started to pop out of the seemingly dead twigs we had planted last summer. Miraculously, most of them produced a full crop, and we sold them in large containers for 5 dollars.
That was back in 2002, and this summer (even after all the pruning), the raspberry plants are bursting out of every seem of the fence. I personally have already picked 20 containers worth of berries, and still have berries left over to snack on and cook with. Even though the picking is somewhat labor intensive, planting raspberries turned out to be a good business endeavor that helped our land stay farm assessed.
After being exposed to a few varieties of raspberry plants over the years, there are some that generally perform better than others:
Taylor: These are large red raspberries that look like cones, and have an almost candy-like taste. They produce their crops in the late summer.
Latham: These are small red raspberries that have the traditional taste. In our garden, they have produced their crops as early as June, but as late as late July, even though they are not considered to be an ever-bearing plant.
Heritage: These are medium red raspberries that have traditional taste. They are ever-bearing plants that produce crops in the summer and the fall
Jewel: These are medium black raspberries that have a very sweet taste. They grow large hanging canes, and produce a very big crop. They ripen early to mid summer. They seem to be more sensitive to direct and glaring sunlight than the other plants.
Allen: These are large black raspberries that have a sweet taste. They grow a big crop, and produce in early to mid summer like the jewels.
Fall Gold: These are medium golden raspberries that taste like candy. They are an ever-bearing plant, and tend to not produce as many berries as the plants mentioned above. I have found that these berries are extremely delicate, and can break when you pick them off. The first year they produced berries, they were so small and fragile that we did not sell any. In more recent crops however, thy have been bigger and more substantial.
Purple Royalty: These are large purple raspberries that taste velvety and decadent (my personal favorite!). they produce a substantial amount of berries early mid to late summer.They however, are hard to judge when to pick because of their rich purple color. Also, when they are ripe, they tend to get old and moldy far faster than any raspberry variety I have ever seen.
Of coarse there are many more raspberry varieties that are available, but I only have the ones listed above in my garden. I believe that raspberries are a worth while and rewarding endeavor. Not only are they tasty, they are packed with antioxidants and few calories. If you are fed up with high prices in the supermarket, grow something you really love, and can profit off of.
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