shishito pepper pricing

nettles.elderberriesMarch 27, 2014

I have been reading on here for a year or more.Have been market gardening for quite a number of years using backyards all around my small town.Have a chance to supply a near-by resturant with 40lbs/week/8-10weeks (busy season) shishito peppers.Am thinking of asking 10.00/lb.Any thoughts?
Have grown Padron peppers so have an idea of growing and picking and picking and picking.Mostly just curious about pricing.And maybe as an after thought how many plants to grow.I am tending toward 120.Thanks for any info and ideas

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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

I have raised Shishitos and they don't weigh much. If you are wanting to supply 40 pounds a week for 8 to 10 weeks, 120 plants wouldn't even put a dent in that quantity. In my opinion, you would need 1000-1500 plants to produce that much. I am basing that off my biggest harvest of about 5 pounds, at one time, off of 30-40 plants grown in a high tunnel.

Price, get what you can get. I only charge 2 for 25 cents or 10 for a $1. I started putting them in pint baskets and people kept picking around in them, that is why I started the price per.

Most peppers I sell by the pound are $3 a pound.

Jay

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:59PM
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Slimy_Okra(2b)

$10/lb is too high for supplying to restaurants, IMO. I sell Padron peppers in 1/2 lb bags for $2.50 at market. I needed 500 plants last year to yield about 15 lbs a week. This was outdoors in zone 2 though, so they yielded less than they would in your zone.
I haven't grown Shishitos but I figure they are pretty similar to Padrons in size and yield.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:00AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

In my Asian Market here, where there are a lot of Kreans and Chinese, SHISHITO is sold mostly around $5/lbs. In another fancier Asian market they were retailing it for over $10/lb.
That is where I got mine and got seeds from and am growing as Bckyardner(NO marketing).

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:56AM
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