Would you pay $1/cherry in March?

fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TXJanuary 26, 2014

There's a guy in Spain, Oscar Ortiz, growing cherries in huge greenhouses. 165,000 lbs in 12.5 acres greenhouses which is a pretty good yield of 7 tons per acre. The fruit sells as high as $100 per pound!! Fruit is 17-20 brix. Mine runs 25-30 brix but harvest doesn't come until May/June.

I'm extremely impressed that he can harvest that early. He must be getting chilling in Nov and early Dec and then pushing them hard, probably by heating at night, and day if needed. I'm not impressed with the quality especially given that they are being touted as not only the earliest but the best cherries in the world.

I'm still in chill mode in my greenhouse mainly because I've had trouble with the cherry bloom in the past when chilling has ended about Jan 1. My setup is now at 1200 hrs Utah and will probably carry on thru January and ~1300 Utah hrs. If that doesn't give full bloom, well I don't know what will.

The guy in Spain is growing Brooks and Prime Giant. Brooks is listed at 400 hrs so that's part of his secret. I could see getting those very low chill cherries, 200-300 hrs, of Zaigers ripe in March in my setup if that's all I grew and had cheap heat to hold winter nights above 50F.

Here is a link that might be useful: Spanish greenhouse cherries

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

No, here in store we get cherries from Chile, allot cheaper.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 1:05PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

konrad:

You don't get them in March. This guy has the world's only March and early April fresh cherries.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 1:21PM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

FN,

Can you build a small section of your green house and installing a small heating system to grow cherries this way, so you have cherries in March,

Tony

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:02PM
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MrClint

A high end specialty restaurant or resort might pay that kind of money for use in desserts or drinks. But then again the average person doesn't generally appreciate the level of effort needed to provide produce out of season. Personally, I wouldn't pay that much --as citrus, loquats and strawbs are to be had in March.

This year it looks like some blueberries will be had in that timeframe as well:

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:10PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I prefer frozen sweet cherries to fresh anyways....i can buy a pound bag for $2.49 ..people paying that amt of money must have too much money to begin with.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:12PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Oh March, right...didn't read to the end of your title.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:20PM
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steve_in_los_osos

I love cherries but what ever happened to "to everything there is a season"? All that energy and fuss when there are plenty of things to eat already and the cherries will come in their own good time. Supposedly growing food helps put you back in touch with seasonal rhythms and natural cycles. Maybe not.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:52PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Tony:

Yes I could especially potted but they might end up costing $100 per lb. I spent ~$1,000 outdoors and got a few hundred cherries before cutting down the trees. Canker and frozen out three years running. So I'd go broke at $1 per cherry.

I guess those Russian and oil baron billionaires will pay anything for a special item.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:57PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Steve:

Forget nature when there's $$$$$$ to chase. But I agree, mostly.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 3:00PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I forgot, he has a patent on growing greenhouse cherries!!! Guess I'll have to find another way to get rich!!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 3:03PM
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