Adam Klaus wrote:\
Marianne Cooper wrote:With all of our fresh picked stuff, we still make the most $$ on the fruit honey and jams that we make.
what is fruit honey? sounds interesting and very marketable. [/quote
Adam - I came up with this 25 years ago when my youngest couldn't digest jelly or jam because of all of the processed sugars.
I use local raw honey - heat it (never boil) with stuff we grow like lavender & mint, chamomile & lavendar, blackberries, blues, rasp. or pecans. On the fruits & pecans, it's loaded with the fruit that's slowly "cooked" & infused together with spices etc., then canned up like a jam. You can stir it in yogurt, pour over meat like a glaze before cooking, use like jam, sweeten teas, top ice cream etc. pretty wonderful stuff and yes, very marketable. We also package our own teas like, white, chamomile & mint and offer "gift boxes" of the tea with an infused honey, which sells well.
Marianne Cooper wrote:Let me know how your cilantro goes - I've thrown in the towel except for spring or fall enjoyment as this heat causes it to bolt and all you'll end up with are coriander seeds. I tried sowing every couple weeks but it ate up too much space. UGH!
Cortland Satsuma wrote:@ Jamie &
Thank you for your excellent contributions to this thread!
I too am curious as to Jamies methods of cultivation; as we too, have a great deal on that list growing naturally also. Some of which we have been removing to plant other items from mostly our 75% group...would not want to be tossing 25% items out! (We are keeping them in smaller quantities currently; will make more of a point of it if we have over looked their full market potential.)
For our area, very rural, mostly salves and creams sell.
I have been practicing herbal medicine for my family for years, but just this year have started selling herbal products at the local market with good success. I make skin salve, scar salve, throat tea, cough syrup, ear drops, eye wash, muscle balm, stomach soothe, and immune boost. I would be glad to share more details on any of these if you are interested.
Cortland Satsuma wrote:@ Jamie
Would love more details on how you are processing your profitable "weeds"! You have some great information to add to the mix, thank you.
Cortland Satsuma wrote:@Leila
Thanks for the idea on the kiwis! I will hunt down some hardy ones grown locally! I may be able to find them at the farmers market in richmond that Marianne mentioned prior. We are definitely doing dried herbs (medicinal, spice, and teas). We are always interested in specific species that are valuable and grow in zone 7-8.