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.
It is often urged that it does not pay the owner of a small garden to grow vegetables or most kinds of fruits, because the large market growers can grow them cheaply. They cost less in the market than grown at one's own door. It is by no means certain that this is generally true. It is not only the wholesale cost of growing, but the retailers' profits and cost of marketing, and the cost of getting them from market to one's home. Even if after all this the figures were still on the side of the market article, there is freshness and quality on the side of the home grown, and this is worth money to many a one. At a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Mr. Philbrick said that melons ripened on the vines are much better than if plucked before ripe, but that it is almost impossible to bring them to market without melting away. Cultivators near a market have a great advantage in the ability to place their fruit before consumers in the best condition.
Surely a well ripened melon from one's own garden is worth a dozen insipid things, though in cash it cost double to raise.