As a general rule mere quotations a week or two after date are of little use; but there are often points to be learned from the doings of a huge market that afford hints for cultivators everywhere.

When the early peaches came in from Delaware and Maryland, the first week in August, it was a surprise to find none of the many newer kinds of late years among them. Early Crawford seems to be still the main dependence of the peach grower. A very good one - perhaps equal in value - of which we had not heard before, called Munroe, came in considerable quantity, and must have a good local reputation to be spreading so quietly. Prices were fair - about $1.50 per bushel for a good article; but the crop seems not to be a full one this year. North Carolina watermelons brought for the best articles $15 per hundred. Some first-class New Jersey melons brought $20 per hundred. This shows that a near grower to market can beat the distant one, besides having less freight charges to pay. This has of late been an argument in favor of peach orchards near large cities, though the cost of land may be higher.

The cantaloupe crop is said to be better than for some years; but the prices keep up, which shows a growing consumption. The best brought 75 cents a basket.

Early apples are usually considered profitable in the Philadelphia market, and large growers of Red Astrachans always find ready sale for their products at fair rates. $2.50 and $2.75 per barrel were the ruling prices.

The first grapes of the season, the first week in August, came from Virginia and North Carolina. The Delaware were very good, and brought as high as 15 cents per pound. The market was about closing for blackberries, and 12 cents per quart thought to be a good price for them.

In nothing is the difference between good articles and poor articles shown to better advantage than in tomato sales. While the very best first-class article was eagerly sought for, and brought 40 cents a basket, the scrubs were dragging at 10 cents. Michigan (Kalamazoo) celery was poured in in immense quantity, and yet prices kept up pretty well at about 25 cents a bunch. Sweet corn was also in great abundance; but the best brought 50 cents a basket.' The best white potatoes 35 cents, and the best sweet potatoes $1.25 a basket.