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Roger Doiron
What are the best vegetables to grow for profit?
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Leafy greens and herbs tend to offer the greatest profit for a gardener looking to scale up and sell produce to others. Vining plants can also offer a profitable yield per square foot or meter when trellised. Vegetable $ value per square foot Cilantro $ 21.20 Arugula-Roquette $ 20.92 Green Salad Mix $ 17.55 Chives $ 16.40 Dill $ 16.40 Lettuce $ 16.20 Tomato, Cherry, small & medium $ 15.57 Turnip $ 9.90 Tomato, large $ 9.50 Squash, Winter $ 8.40 Tomatillo $ 8.00 Cucumber $ 7.74 Basil $ 6.63 Radish, Red $ 6.22 Pumpkin $ 6.20 Chard, Swiss $ 6.14 Celery $ 6.00 Squash, Summer $ 5.96 Choi $ 5.70 Peas, Snow $ 4.50 Pepper, Jalape?o $ 4.50 Squash, Summer, Zucchini $ 4.17 Onion, Bunching $ 4.14 Pepper, Bell $ 3.60 Brussels Sprouts $ 3.59 Carrots $ 3.56 Rhubarb $ 3.25 Squash, Winter, Butternut $ 3.20 Kale $ 3.07 Grass, Lemon $ 3.00 Peas, English $ 3.00 Onion, Bulb $ 2.63 Radish, White $ 2.60 Bean, Bush $ 2.51 Peas, Edible Pod $ 2.50 Artichoke, Globe $ 2.40 Cabbage, Chinese Napa $ 2.24 Squash, Winter, Delicata $ 2.10 Spinach, Spring/Fall $ 1.80 Leeks $ 1.75 Potatoes $ 1.50 Parsnips $ 1.50 Garlic $ 1.37 Squash, Summer, Yellow $ 1.34 Parsley $ 1.31 Corn $ 1.25 Squash, Winter, Acorn $ 1.20 Squash, Winter, Hubbard $ 1.20 Eggplant $ 1.10 Greens, Mustard $ 1.10 Rutabaga $ 1.00 Beet $ 0.89 Cabbage, Savoy $ 0.80 Broccoli $ 0.80 Kohlrabi $ 0.75 Cauliflower $ 0.60 Broccoli, Chinese $ 0.60 Cabbage $ 0.50 Source: The Cheap Vegetable Gardener

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Flowers sold by the stem -- cut from a perennial or special-crop garden, can be a good cash crop IF you live near enough to a supermarket with an active flower department, or have a Farmers Market that draws that type of buyer. I have sold various colors of tall Asters, Lilies, Phisostegia, Shasta Daisies, Cosmos & always wanted to grow special Sunflowers for sale to an active flower department at the supermarket. Price then & now wholesale was/is $1/stem.
Unusual colored vegetables can be easy to sell because of their novelty, even though, ironically, most of them are old heirloom varieties that go back generations but have been taken over by more mainstream varieties. Try speckled lettuce, purple potatoes or carrots, purple-speckled beans, pink, orange, and yellow Swiss chard, golden or white beets. And herbs are always popular, particularly those used in multiple cuisines and dishes, like cilantro, basil and mint.

 

 

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