Growing and marketing cilantro and italian parsley at local green markets in Southeast Florida

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


Stephen's Produce began growing and marketing cilantro and Italian parsley in 2001 from a 0.15 acre backyard market garden to help supply the West Palm Beach Green Market with a Saturday supply of "garden fresh" produce. The garden has been expanded each year. In 2004-2005, 0.37 acres were under cultivation and clientele were being served at two weekend green markets. Cilantro and parsley were two of the 30 crops grown and have been included in the crop mix for the past four seasons. Planting schedules, growing and harvesting methods, yields, and sales figures are discussed. For the 2003-2004 season, 32 plantings of cilantro and 10 plantings of parsley were made for the 32 week sales season which began 18 Oct. and concluded 22 May. These crops were cut, bunched, banded, and usually lightly spray washed the day before sales. They were generally sold for $1.00 per bunch for the first three years; prices were increased to $1.50 for the 2004-05 season. An average of 38 bunches of cilantro and 29 bunches of parsley were sold each week during the 2003-2004 season.


compost; farmers' market; garden

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

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