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Growing and selling fresh-cut herbs
Shores, Sandie, 1944-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Batavia, IL : Ball Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
x, 483 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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SB351.H5 S538 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This definitive guide for those looking to start or expand their own herb business focuses entirely on fresh-cut herbs for the grower who supplies restaurants or supermarkets, vends at farmers markets, or sells from her own retail space. Discussed are the value of a business plan and how to find the right niche for the business. Whether selling to supermarkets, wholesalers, brokers, or caterers, growers will benefit from these business tips. Valuable advice is provided on financing; honoring local zoning laws; creating invoices and packing slips; managing employees; pricing and marketing; maintaining accounts; and increasing business. All aspects of building a greenhouse are addressed, from selecting a prime location and building a structure to the equipment needed to grow, including lights, thermostats, benches, and irrigation systems. Other topics include growing and nurturing plants from germination through harvest; assessing the needs of different herb crops and edible flowers; and harvesting and packaging the finished product. For more information, visit

Author Notes

Sandie Shores owned and operated Herb's Herbs near Rochester, Minnesota. She is an author, speaker, and consultant. Sandie lives in Zumbro Falls, Minnesota

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. v
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Herb's Herb Historyp. 1
Part 1 Starting Your Herb Businessp. 9
Chapter 1 Planning Your Business and Market Researchp. 11
Chapter 2 Finding Potential Marketsp. 27
Chapter 3 Managing Business Detailsp. 49
Chapter 4 Doing Businessp. 57
Part 2 Building and Maintaining a Greenhousep. 75
Chapter 5 Selecting a Greenhousep. 77
Chapter 6 Construction Know-howp. 103
Chapter 7 Interiorsp. 121
Chapter 8 Operations and Maintenancep. 133
Part 3 Growing and Nurturing Your Plantsp. 151
Chapter 9 Starting Seeds and Plant Propagationp. 153
Chapter 10 Growing Herbsp. 185
Chapter 11 Controlling Insect Pestsp. 223
Chapter 12 Controlling Plant Diseasesp. 267
Chapter 13 Harvesting, Handling & Packagingp. 285
Part 4 Successfully Growing More Than 20 Herbs and Flowersp. 309
Chapter 14 Arugulap. 311
Chapter 15 Basilp. 317
Chapter 16 Chivesp. 325
Chapter 17 Cilantrop. 335
Chapter 18 Dillp. 341
Chapter 19 Marjoram, Sweetp. 349
Chapter 20 Mintp. 355
Chapter 21 Oreganop. 361
Chapter 22 Parsleyp. 367
Chapter 23 Rosemaryp. 375
Chapter 24 Sagep. 385
Chapter 25 Sorrelp. 391
Chapter 26 Tarragon, Frenchp. 397
Chapter 27 Thymep. 405
Chapter 28 More Herbs with Commercial Potentialp. 413
Chapter 29 Edible Flowersp. 431
Glossaryp. 443
Resourcesp. 459
Indexp. 467