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I read an article by the Huffington Post  about local food.  One of the best foods to grow are spices and herbs.   They stated that:

“A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of “local foods,” whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That’s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year.


From the farmers, gardeners and forums that I frequent, I believe that these numbers are low.


So why do I tell you that you need spices and herbs to increase your profits?

  1. Herbs and spices are one of the fastest growing sections of the food and health care industries.
  2. There are Billions of people looking to increase their health and vitality with the use of herbs and spices
  3. Spices and herbs are becoming more popular and people want the best organic options for their health.
  4. Herbs and spices are fairly easy to grow as long as you pay attention to details.
  5. The health benefits to you and your family as you eat healthier is a great way to share the benefits to your customers

Seven Spices to Get You Started:


  1. Ginger:  an anti-oxidant as well as helping with nausea and reducing pain.  Organic Ginger can sell between $3 and $5 dollars per pound.
  2. Rosemary: A heart healthy spice as well as reducing inflammation.  Inflammation has a key role in increasing risk of other diseases.  Organic rosemary can sell for $12.36 for less than an ounce and in bulk the cost will be less.  Prices between $62 to $115 dollars and up have been found.
  3. Cinnamon: a spice rich in natural compounds, polyphenols, which may act like insulin in our bodies to help regulate blood sugar levels. Organic Cinnamon sells between $6 and $25 per pound.
  4. Oregano: Considered one of the highest anti-oxidants in dried herbs. It is also very tasty.  Usually only sold by the ounce between $1.80 per ounce to $2.59 per ounce.  That comes out to between $28 to $41 per pound of  organic Oregano.
  5. Cayenne:  Dried Red peppers is a great way to eat cayenne and this is usually a combination of Cayenne and Paprika.  They are reported to increase metabolism, satisfies cravings and possibly stimulate fat burning also.  The cost per pound for organic Cayenne Peppers is between $50 and $60.
  6. Thyme: Usually described not only as an anti-oxidant but also helpful with the respiratory function as well as helping relieve a cough.  The selling price of a pound of organic thyme is between $3 and $5, depending upon if you sell the powder or the leaf in bulk.
  7. Tumeric:  This heart healthy spice has also been found to slow the decline of memory and brain function as we age.  The cost of organic turmeric has been sold between $8 and $14 per pound in bulk.


Will you be able to sell your spices and herbs at these prices?


As you start in the organic spices and herbs, most likely not.  Organic certification and reputation are paramount in the growing “local food” market.

If you choose to not follow the Certified Organic journey, you can still sell your herbs and spices, you will need to start building relationships from the beginning of your plan to add this profitable leg of your farming or commercial gardening business.

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