Growing and marketing hydroponic lettuce at local green markets in southeast Florida

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

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The growers for Stephen’s Produce began growing and marketing hydroponic lettuce in 2001 to help supply local green markets with a weekend supply of “garden fresh” produce. For the 2007–08 season, fi ve types of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) were grown: Boston, Red Boston, redleaf, romaine, and a romaine/Boston type. Lettuce was sold at all of the 30 weekends for the sales season that began 20 Oct. and concluded 11 May. Lettuce was grown in a float system and plants were harvested and stored in a cooler with ice the night before sales. Heads of Boston and Red Boston were generally sold for $2.50 each and heads of romaine, Boston/romaine, and redleaf for $2.00 each. In 2007–08, an average of 194 total heads of all types were sold each week.


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