This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
While we desire as great an increase of extent in fruitgrowing as the most enthusiastic, we also think injury rather than good is done to the cause by isolated and, we may almost say, exaggerated statements of the prices received per quart, and the number of quarts produced to the acre. As a good paying crop near a market town, returning, say, one hundred and fifty to two hundred dollars per acre, strawberries can undoubtedly be depended upon; but that $800 to $1,000 can be readily obtained, is one of the statements we do not believe will hold good as a rule, no matter what the cultivation. The young planter, the man just leaving town for the country to grow fruit for a support, has need, before embarking too largely, to weigh well all the statements, and to remember that from the gross receipts there are heavy items to be deducted for preparation of land, cost of plants, labor of planting, hoeing, mulching, picking, marketing, baskets, etc., and also that although as a rule strawberries may be claimed as a sure crop, yet there are seasons when the winter has injured a large number of plants, springs when frosts and cold rains have injured the blossoms, and summers when drought has greatly reduced the promise of a great crop.
As we before said, we are as anxious as the most enthusiastic to see fruit-growing increase, because the health of mankind is benefited by free use thereof; but we do not like to see illusive lights held out, when the real practical truths are in themselves sufficient to induce any rea-sonable person, with but a shade of love for country life, to engage in its pursuits.