Vol 120 (2007): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society

Growing and marketing cabbage at local green markets in Southeast Florida

Kenneth D. Shuler
Stephen’s Produce
Published December 1, 2007
  • compost,
  • farmers' market,
  • garden


Stephen's Produce began growing and marketing cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L.) in 2003 from a 0.35-acre backyard market garden to help supply the West Palm Beach and Stuart green markets with a weekend supply of Agarden fresh@ produce. Flat cabbage was one of the 30 crops grown and has been included in the crop mix for the past four seasons. Planting schedules, growing and harvesting methods, yields, and sales figures will be discussed. For the 2006-07 season, 25 plantings of cabbage were made for 25 weeks of sales that began 11 Nov. and concluded 29 Apr. Cabbage was cut, excessive leaves trimmed off, and lightly spray washed the day before sales. Heads were generally sold for $2.50 each. For the first three seasons an average of 12 heads of cabbage were sold each week.