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Sell Foraged Rose Hips

Foraged rose hips are an incredibly useful source of vitamin C. Many herbalists hold them in high regard, and with good reason. Taken in a tea or mixed into a healing tonic, rose hips can help someone fight off any immune attacks.

Rose hips are not so easy to come by in all locales. They are also only seasonally available toward the end of summer. It takes time to scout out a spot to forage for rose hips and then go back at the right time to gather them. For these reasons, if you know of a ready source or–even better–have them growing on your property, you can sell them for a small extra income stream.

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Grow Cider Apples for Profit

Cider apples are utilized in multiple business avenues, making them a versatile income idea that can get you involved in industries like hard apple cider, apple cider and apple cider vinegar.

Market research estimates that revenues from just apple cider vinegar will reach over one billion dollars by 2026.  According to American Agriculturist:

“Cider is the U.S. beverage industry’s fastest-growing segment, according to the IRI market research firm. From 2013 to 2014, cider sales grew 75.4%. Over the past three years, sales have quintupled.”

In the current DIY health boom, any product with as many health benefits as apple cider vinegar is likely to see increasing growth, and cider apples are a product you can use and believe in.  High demand and a wide variety of use and market potentials make growing cider apples a business worth looking into. Continue reading “Grow Cider Apples for Profit”

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Sell Bagged Salad Mixes

When we sold at farmer’s markets, the folks with bagged salad mixes always sold out.  Every time.  There is a reason grocery stores have such a huge inventory of salad mixes – people love the convenience of premade mixes and are willing to pay for it.

If you have the space, salad greens are a consistent seller and a great addition, especially if you have an existing market to sell to.  When you hear about farmers projecting a $1,000 per week income selling bagged salad mixes, it definitely looks like a prospect to dig deeper into. Continue reading “Sell Bagged Salad Mixes”

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Growing Basket Willows for Profit

I still remember the Facebook comment that first opened my eyes to the possibility of growing basket willows for profit. I had no idea such potential existed, so I settled in for a binge session  – avidly devouring any and all information I could find on the ins and outs of basket willows.

As it turns out, there is quite the potential for profit in these trees and, owing perhaps to the slow turnaround time, not a whole lot of competition.  We’ll be planting our first crop of willows next month, already ordered and on the way soon.  I’ve been waiting for this moment for most of a year now and I’m excited to get started. Continue reading “Growing Basket Willows for Profit”

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9 Ways to Sell Herbs

The growing distrust of the pharmaceutical industry is a great opportunity for the herb grower who wants to sell herbs. Monthly searches on Google for “herbal medicine” number in the tens of thousands. People want to know how to heal themselves and reduce their dependences on chemical drugs.

For the small farmer, this presents an incredible opportunity. Many herbs are easy to grow and these 9 ways to sell herbs will help you identify a ready made market of eager buyers who want to take control of their own health or help others do the same. Continue reading “9 Ways to Sell Herbs”

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Growing Nettles as a Cash Crop

When we moved to our new farm two years ago, we discovered growing nettles in several patches across the property. I’d heard how wonderful nettles were, so with a pair of surgical gloves and a quest for adventure, I set about harvesting my first nettle crop.

That first harvest turned me into a lifelong fan of nettles. They have to be steamed, cooked or dried before eating, but food made with nettles tastes so amazing. The leaves aren’t the only part of the plant that is useable, though, and that’s part of what makes growing nettles for profit such a sure winner. Continue reading “Growing Nettles as a Cash Crop”