Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE02-428.
We did not show a profit for our first year due to the tremendous loss we experienced. We would have harvested 2 1/2 pints of fruit on the average per plant is all conditions were perfect. The raspberries were very large and extremely flavorful. The taste was so delicious we received many inquires as to the variety and type of raspberry we had available. We were able to sell our fresh, locally grown raspberries at our local farm markets for $3.99 for a half pint with no complaints. We could have sold ten times the amount we did if they had been available. The highlight of harvesting this time of year was that we offered strawberries and raspberries which does not usually happen at the same time of the growing season. Generally, locally grown raspberries are not available when locally grown strawberries are harvested.
We would like to continue our raspberry production as we think this is a viable program when all factors for success are present. Our local newspaper did an article on our project and our Open House tour at the beginning of the harvest season. The write up sparked a local interest in our farm and demand for our products.