This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The first thought of fruit growers is to look after cheap land. The distance from market is left to railroad companies to settle. Of late years growers have been learning other lessons. It is the labor, and not the cost of land, which ruins a fruit grower; and land at high figures, where the expenses of labor and marketing are less, has been found the most profitable. Edwin Satterthwaite, about ten miles from the heart of Philadelphia, has found such a fruit location very profitable, and so have the Shearers, of Reading, Pa. This town has but 50,000 inhabitants, yet it consumes all the fruit from Shearer's 100 acre farm, besides much from numerous other growers. And one of the brothers has been encouraged to put in 365 acres in fruit near the town. The 100 acres of Christopher Shearer made sales of over $12,000 last year.