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.
Let no man hesitate to plant out small fruits, as raspberries, blackberries, etc., in quantity, simply because he is not near to a market where they can be sold from day to day as they are gathered. There is, perhaps, as much, and some say more, money to be had in growing and drying them as in growing and selling them fresh. The labor of marketing, use of horse, wagon, man, etc., etc., it is claimed by those who have tested the matter, fully balance any little extra price which the fruit may occasionally bring; and again, they say that if the fruit brings a high price sold in the market as fast as gathered, the supply is so limited, that when winter comes the dried fruit brings a correspondingly high price. The records show that as high as twelve cents a quart may be counted as the value of a crop of the Black Cap Raspberries when dried and sold at the average prices. Some seasons it runs above, even up to fifteen cents, but never below ten. There is always a demand for dried fruits, even exceeding the supply; and were they more readily obtained, would doubtless be still more called for, as their use is acknowledged by all to be healthful.
There are many sections where land suitable for growing berries can be had at a cheap rate, and we are surprised that among the many enthusiastic and energetic labors of our fruit-growers, no large plantation and establishment for growing and drying berries has not been put in operation. It may appear a small business, but we really believe, rightly pursued, there is more money to be made by it according to capital required than in almost any other item of fruit-growing.
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