This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is worth putting on record that the first vegetables planted at Yuba Dam, or as it is now called, Marysville, in California, Briggs, the famous orchardist, set out, in 1841, a ton of potatoes, which cost him $800. The frost interfered, hut he had a fair crop. The next year he bought a lot of watermelon seed for $20, and planted five acres, for the product of which he received $5,000 clear profit; twenty-six acres the next year, made a profit of $20,000. He brought fifty peach trees from New York and planted them in 1852, bearing the first fruit in that part of the world in 1853.