Production and marketing techniques for beans from stephen's produce "garden fresh" vegetables at local green markets in Palm Beach County, Florida

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

Abstract


The 0.15 acre garden for Stephen's Produce served the green market in West Palm Beach, Florida, with a supply of fresh produce each Saturday over the October to April season. Beans were grown for seven seasons. The sandy soil was amended annually with compost and horse manure/bedding. Crops were planted on open beds spaced four feet on center and irrigated via drip tubing. A soil insecticide and fertilizer were applied pre-plant. Planting for the 2001-2002 season began 2 September and days to first harvest ranged from 46 to 64 d. Plantings of 'Derby' snap beans averaged 46 linear ft per bed per week, usually one row per bed. Plantings of 'Normandie' French beans averaged 18 linear ft per bed per week, either one or two rows/ bed. Beans were picked twice a week (Monday and Thursday), washed, bagged, weighed, and stored in a household refrigerator until Friday night. Snap beans were sold in gallon freezer bags containing 1.32 lb/bag at $3.00 per bag ($2.27/lb). An average of 21.9 lb of snap beans valued at $45.20 were sold each week for 19 weeks ($1.24 per linear ft of bed or $20,066/acre per crop). French beans were sold in quart size freezer bags containing 0.5 lb/bag at $2.50 per bag ($5.00/lb). An average of 13.6 lb of French beans valued at $67.14 were sold each week for 27 weeks ($3.73 per linear ft of bed or $42,504/acre per crop).

Keywords


french bean; garden; snap bean; green market; compost

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