Parsley, thyme and celery tops is one frequently used. Summer savory, parsley, thyme and tarragon is another. Still another is summer savory, thyme, rosemary, sweet basil and chervil. Bouquets garnis should be made up to order, tied together neatly, and delivered spanking fresh. The young vendor can step up his sales by suggesting that his customers take extra bouquets to dry or freeze for winter use.
Another "manufactured" product could be tarragon vinegar. The process is simple and the profits handsome. A stone crock is simply filled about one-third full of freshly picked tarragon, well packed down. Red wine vinegar (purchased in
gallon jugs) is poured in to fill the crock. Covered tightly, this is allowed to stand for about two weeks. Then the vinegar is strained off and put into quart bottles. (Heating the vinegar before pouring it over the herb will shorten the process to about ten days.)
Dill, mint, or mixed herb vinegars may be made exactly the same way.
Still another garden product that could be profitably marketed is freshly ground horseradish. Horseradish is a perennial. There is no special trick to growing it, except to replant it every few years to maintain good quality roots. If you have neighbors who think nothing good enough for their Chin-coteagues but freshly-dug-and-ground horseradish, this product will be a popular one. It should be ground to order, since freshness is its selling point. Chunks of freshly dug root could be sold to customers who prefer to do their own grinding.
After a child has gone through a season of growing produce for sale and is enthusiastic about this way of making his own pocket money, consider helping him establish a garden of perennials only. This would require far less time, once it was in full production.
Rhubarb is a rampant producer year after year, needing nothing but fertilizing, weeding, and dividing every few years. Three or four clumps would provide a lot to sell.
Strawberries are easy enough to grow in any good strawberry-producing area, and selling them is no problem. Few people have any sales resistance when confronted with a box of freshly picked strawberries. Just be sure to buy disease-resistant plants, and to follow the cultural methods recommended by your nurseryman or State Experiment Station. For a big crop in a small space see the section on strawberry pyramids in Chapter 14.
Asparagus is another highly profitable crop. Against this idea is the time element. No cutting can be done until the second year, and abundant production doesn't start until the third year. Also space requirements must be considered. But, in its favor is its permanency, great productiveness, comparative ease of culture, and the fancy prices it commands.