We are looking at adding peas for market this year. What varieties have others done well with as far as growing, production, etc. for market? We are specially interested in heritage/heirloom crops. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Post by americangardener on Feb 21, 2009 10:57:53 GMT -5
I've only tried peas once.. and they sold out quick. Least that's what my Aunt told me. I send her to the flea market with all my extra produce. She said they really liked the snap peas.
As for varieties.. i only had the sugar snap that year. I would think you'd do best with something like that. I have no idea how shelling peas would sell.
But, the ones i grew were just your regular variety called sugar snap. Not the super sugar snap which i grew in a different year.. those were earlier but less productive for me. From the regular sugar snap i grew a 60 ft row.. not single rows.. but more like 6-8 inches wide. And if i recall it was something like a pound of seed. From that i harvested 1-2 shopping bags full of pods each harvest and got 4 harvests about a week to 10 days or so apart.
So, as you can tell my suggestion would be for some variety of snap peas. Perhaps if you're looking for novelty go for a yellow podded snap pea. I would assume you could charge premium prices for those.
Post by canadamike on Feb 21, 2009 21:15:07 GMT -5
If you want a fantastic shelling pea, I can send you 4 ounces of seeds of ROI DES CONSERVES (king of canning) a french climbing with small very sweet peas that is really productive and delicious. I will be trialing a lot of cultivars this year, but almost all are bush peas. For a lot of them, one harvest and they are done, others are producing on a longer period but I like the strong climbing ones, much easier on the back and providing by far the most extended harvest.
I had 2 rows of 60 feet of them last year grown on a net. 2 blankets of peas, nothing else but peas all over them.
100 grams (4 ounces) is about 600 peas. They have the highest count/100gr I have seen. If you want to help me trial some I could send you a lot of dwarf cultivars too...
Lincoln Homesteader is another great one. The peas are much bigger though, but very good.
michel, are the ROI DES CONSERVES the real tiny peas you've posted about before?
one thing about selling peas at market is to be sure the customers know they're shell or snow. our first time at market many years ago we sold a whole box of snow peas. the next weekend the people were back and very upset that there were no peas in the shells!
As soon as they hit the table at market they are gone.
18 inch bushes, easy to manage, fun to grow and taste terrific!
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hey val, i can send you some of the Mayfair Peas right now. the Multistar will have to wait till fall when we get the seed amount built up.
telsing, when we moved here in 89, we bought the Multistar Pea seed from Johnny's. we had no irrigation set up and the summers back then were very hot and dry. i remember hubby going out every morning and checking the peas and they were loaded with pods all through the heat of the summer with little to no watering. he used to count all the peas in the pods too and we were so amazed at the numbers!
after 6 years or so, we lost the seed, and Johnny's didn't carry it anymore and didn't know where to locate any. i spent about 15 years looking worldwide for the seed, and then last year found it at Peace Seeds. i'm hoping it's the same Multistar we got way back when, tho, they say the pods are only 3 inches...