This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Here in the Northwest, the yield of small fruits has been enormous - especially of Raspberries and Blackberries; so much so, that the bottom has fallen out of the market in most localities. A late frost did some injury to them in certain sections, and hailstones cut them oft" in small areas; but take the country as a whole, and the like has seldom been known before. Nothing - even of the most tender sorts - was killed by the past mild Winter. Of Blackberries, Lawton, Kittatinny, and others usually tender, coming out about as heavily laden as the Snyder, or the wild plants of the woods and fields. Last year my Lawtons, Kittatinnies and Missouri Mammoths, were killed back three-fourths of their length, yielding only a few berries near the ground. The Snyder went through unscathed.
In this region where hardiness is a desideratum, the Snyder is to be commended; yet South where Kittatinny and Lawton will stand the Winter, I should give them a decided preference. Not quite so prolific, perhaps, they will average one-half larger in size, and are equal if not superior in quality. Here, we can count on a crop of Snyders annually - of Kittatinnies twice in three years - of Lawtons and Missouri Mammoths, about every alternate year.
A word as to the Crystal White and Hoosac Thornless. What they may do elsewhere I say not; but here they are worthless. The former is execrably bitter - a good substitute for quinine in taste - and neither crystal nor white. The latter is small, and though less bitter than the other, is of poor quality, and not worth the handling.