Growing and marketing Chinese radishes and turnips at local green markets in Southeast Florida

Kenneth D. Shuler, Stephen J. Nie, Pei -Ann N. Shuler

Abstract


Stephen's Produce began in 1995 as a 0.03 acre market garden to supply the Jupiter Farms Green Market with a Saturday supply of "garden fresh" produce. The garden was expanded each year. In 2003-2004, 0.35 acres were under cultivation and clientele were being served at two weekend green markets. Chinese radishes and turnips were two of the 26 crops grown and have been included in the crop mix for four seasons. Planting schedules, growing and harvesting methods, yields, and sales figures will be discussed. For the 2003-2004 season, 31 plantings were scheduled to correspond to the 31 week sales season beginning 18 Oct. and ending 16 May. Average days to harvest were 57 days for radish and 48 days for turnips. Chinese radishes were sold at $1-2 per radish and turnips were sold at $1 per bunch containing usually 2 to 4 turnips. Turnip bunch size varied with size of turnip and availability. An average of 21 radishes was sold each week for $26.34 ($1.25 per radish) or $626 per acre per day. An average of 92 turnips (2.4 turnips per bunch) was sold each week for $37.58 or $536 per acre per day.

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compost; farmers' market; garden

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283