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Need Recommendations For a Cash crop ?

LaMar Alexander

Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 16
Hi folks, I live off-grid in eastern Utah zone 5. I have about 3/4 acre and plenty of water and good soil. I am looking for an easy to grow low labor intensive crop that will bring in enough money to pay for property taxes and a little extra. Any suggestions ?

I am looking at asparagus, sweet corn, and raspberries but would love to hear what other people are growing and selling ?

Here is a vid of my off-grid cabin and land under construction:



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John Polk

Joined: Feb 20, 2011
Posts: 6879
Location: Currently in Seattle. Probably moving 1 hour north by end of the year.
The asparagus and raspberries sound good, as they are perennials, and low labor.
You might also try garlic. It is a slow grow crop (about 9 months), but can produce a valued crop in a small space.

R Scott

Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 3047
Location: Kansas Zone 6a
Look at herbs, too. They can give you a lot of money per acre, and can be easier to market.
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Morgan Morrigan

Joined: Oct 16, 2011
Posts: 1400
Location: Verde Valley, AZ.
If you don't have the typical Utah grasshoppers, try basil and marjoram to make pesto. grasshoppers like basil even more than people do tho.

top choice would be hops tho, lots of homemade beer folks in UT., and they all want fresh hops. can also work in other brew flavorings. they pay well for spicy hops.....

put in beehives.

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Jay Green

Joined: Feb 03, 2012
Posts: 587
I read about a fellow that makes $5K on an acre by growing and selling zinnias to florists but I think that would depend on if you were close enough to a city that would support that need.
Ray Cover

Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 132
Location: Missouri
Do blackberries grow well in your area? Blackberries bring pretty decent money around here $20-$25 pr gallon.

Peter DeJay

Joined: Aug 10, 2011
Posts: 104
Location: Southern Oregon
I bet artichokes would be a good money maker. And asparagus. Maybe brussel sprouts.
Joe Braxton

Joined: Mar 24, 2012
Posts: 307
Location: NC (northern piedmont)
I've heard that locally raised hops is really popular with the home/craft brewing crowd. Might be something to look at if you can grow it in your area...
Austin Max

Joined: Mar 15, 2012
Posts: 98
Location: South Central Kentucky
I just moved away from SLC and would agree on the raspberries, never tried asparagus there though. My raspberries thrived with no care, and the farmers market people who were selling them were doing pretty well around there from what I gathered. The hops are an excellent idea as well. There are quite a few brew supply shops in the salt lake area that are booming. From talking to other vendors at the markets and watching people I would disagree on trying to sell herbs there though. You might not have the space but melons seemed to sell well.
Amit Enventres

Joined: Mar 24, 2011
Posts: 122
I would try asking a local restuarant or grocery store what they would be willing to buy local. Then I'd take a list of the plants they would be willing to purchase and test how well they grow for you. Come back to the stroe interested in the crop with whatever came out good, and see if they are still interested and interested in buying more next year. You can also check out:
to see the average sales per crop. It may help you narrow down what will work best for for artichokes, I didn't think they grew in snow...the artichoke capital is in California, where- yeah, it frosts- but no think white layer ever ends up on the ground.
Nathan Wrzesinski

Joined: Jun 09, 2012
Posts: 75
Location: Austin Texas
Tobacco is a fun crop because nicotine is a pesticide, harvest the leaves and sell them by the pound.

You can also, spray the leaves with brandy, dry them out, roll them into cigars and toke on the porch. If you let the plant mature You can also sell seed pods for about $3 each [50+ seed pods per plant] 1 seed pod can start enough plants to fill your whole crop.

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