This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The importance of properly thinning our fruit trees when bearing redundant crops is more and more apparent. To produce fruit that commands a good price in the market has become an absolute necessity. This is seen especially in that intended for exportation, apples of good size, fair and properly packed, commanding in the English market fully double the price of those which had not received such care. Such also is the case in our own markets, Baldwin apples of one grower bringing two to three dollars per barrel, while his neighbor's, which had received no such attention, brought but a dollar. To produce such fruit, trees must not only have a good cultivation, but should be properly thinned, - excessive production being always at the expense of both quantity and quality. This lesson we learned long ago, and I have often endeavored to impress upon cultivators the importance of following it. Therefore you will excuse me for calling your attention to it again.
The export trade of our American products is constantly increasing, and among them the fruits of our country - especially apples - are always in regular demand, and as new facilities are afforded for their shipment a constant trade will be ensured of great importance and permancy to our commerce. Nor is this demand likely to fall off. These facts should encourage our fruit growers to devote more and more of their broad acres to the production of fruits to meet the constantly increasing foreign demand.