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Re: [nafex] raspberry sources?
Raspberries are actually the only thing I didn't pay retail for - I
bought them from a local guy who was "farming" to maintain farm taxes on
his land. They spread fairly quickly, though, so you can be a little
stingy and buy fewer canes and wait a bit longer for them to fill in.
I don't want to write too much, because I just wrote a piece on my
raspberries for Pomona, and if I write it all here, you'll all be bored
with the print version. :)
I will second Donna on two counts: Heritage is not a very tasty
raspberry, and fall-bearers give the home grower more weeks of fresh
berries. I'm growing Fall Red raspberries (which my source bought from
Miller, http://www.millernurseries.com/) which are softer than Heritage,
but much tastier. I'm very happy with them.
eastern Mass, zone 6
> I have finally decided to break down and buy some red raspberries (a real
> concession, because as a proper NAFEXer should, I have gotten most of my
> stock free or swapped for it. Now and then I actually spend money though).
> I have found websites for Pense, Indiana Berry, Winfrey, and I've read there
> is a Nourse company. I have been very pleased at the prices, somehow I
> always seemed to have seen raspberry plants in general nursery catalogs at
> horrific prices like $16 for 3. Can you all tell me if you have had good or
> bad experiences with these companies, or is there a better source? In
> general, I prefer to buy nursery stock from this side of the Rockies.
> I've taken notes from the many comments on varieties and flavor, but
> more would also be welcome. I'd not been interested in raspberries because
> the only gardener I knew who grew them must have been growing "Dorman",
> listed as only "fair" flavor. (We don't generally have access to farmers
> markets here, this place is exactly backward enough to have neither old
> fashioned farmers markets, nor trendy new ones. They've finally built a
> place for the trendy new type for next summer. Maybe I;ll have a bumper
> crop and be forced to set up there.) I've tasted some at Hectors since that
> were excellent. Thanks all. Donna Tenn, zone 6 in the 1980's, zone 7
> in the 1990's
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