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  • When someone asks you, "Why do you grow fig trees?

    This is one of many good reasons.

    $12.99/lbs!!!!
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  • #2
    omg !
    Toronto, Canada USDA Zone 5. Wish List: Azores Dark, Malta Black, Sucrette, LSU Hollier and Violet Sepor. I'm always interested in trading cuttings if your in the Southern Ontario area. Thank You!

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    • Figland
      Figland commented
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      Imagine if those were WM#1 or Black Madeira or even Strawberry Verte!

  • #3
    Organic is always more but even without that, they are not cheap and you rarely get anything besides brown turkey.

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    • #4
      Also, figs and most fruit should be organic as they don’t have many environmental pests that need heavy chemicals. Especially figs. I need 50 acres and 5000 brown turkey 🦃 fig trees and I’d be rolling in it.

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      • Fig Gazer
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        wait till you meet Black Fig Fly !

      • Achilles
        Achilles commented
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        I’ve been growing figs in Greece for many years, where BFF is very present. You quickly learn to let nature have some fruit too. It’s never stopped us from having and growing figs.

    • #5
      I am not even sure those are ripe...Nothing beats a fully perfectly ripen fig freshly picked off the tree.
      Victoria, BC; Zone 9A

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      • Achilles
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        Def not ripe.

    • #6
      I knew my Brown Turkey was a top fig......
      Zone 10B,
      WL: Madeira Island Black (MIB), Blk Mad KK, BNR, PR, MR, Pastillere.

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      • #7
        Some local people were selling fresh figs for $8/pound this season.
        Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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        • #8
          Wow!
          South Jersey, zone 7a- 20 mins from Philly, 30 mins from AC

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          • #9
            When “someone” asks that question I respond “Honey, go watch your mystery shows and don’t worry bout what I’m doing….”
            Last edited by TNJed; 07-24-2021, 08:10 PM.
            CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!

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            • T.Frank228
              T.Frank228 commented
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              Ha. Make that serial killer shows in my house

            • Frankenberry
              Frankenberry commented
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              That is my wife! Murder mystery shows!

          • #10
            TNJed I'm hearing that lately after this BFF thing, fortunately I have not seen any sign of it here, those trees in pots are going in the ground! Some of them are ahead of the game and now I have to wait till our "winter" to dig them up and try to replant them so I don't kill them!
            Ellen
            Valley Center, Ca 9b
            Rancho Los Serranos Organic Farm

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            • #11
              Shopped at “Fresh Market” Jackson, MS yesterday and small trays of 3-5 BROWN TURKEY figs were $4.00!
              I didn’t look to see where they were grown, but not locally, as the wrappings were preprinted with Fig name etc on it.
              Hilliard Lawler, DVM, Indianola, Mississippi Zone 8A
              My website: https//bloomsonthebayou.com
              wish list: Nerucciolo d'Elba

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              • #12
                I don’t understand how a fruit that literally can be grown anywhere can be so expensive. I’ve always wondered the same about lemons. Who pays $1 per lemon at the supermarket when a Meyer lemon can be grown in most places.

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                • goodfriendmike
                  goodfriendmike commented
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                  How many yards do you see fruit trees in? People rather spend money then dig a hole to put a tree in that "will take up to much space"

                • don_sanders
                  don_sanders commented
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                  I probably spend a lot more than $1 per lemon on the lemons that I grow here in this climate. Haha.

              • #13
                I understand the OP's point, but I have a feeling most of us are spending more than that to grow our own, even if you don't factor in labor. Include labor and it gets kind of embarrassing! 😳 But on the other hand we are not eating unripe Brown Turkeys, are we?! 😁
                Steve - Clarksburg, MD zone 7a

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                • venturabananas
                  venturabananas commented
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                  Every home fruit grower should read the book “The $64 Tomato”.

                • Frankenberry
                  Frankenberry commented
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                  My first home raised egg cost around $1200. Now 6 years later it is less than the grocery stores for delicious eggs...

                  Chicken manure does great as fertilizer and the cost savings continue and circle of life goes around...

                • Sparky
                  Sparky commented
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                  Frankenberry Wow that's an expensive egg. Did it say "Tiffany" on it?

              • #14
                $12.99/lbs!!! for Brown Turkey!/!

                Which state or city is that price being asked?
                Location: NJ, zone 6b
                Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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                • Achilles
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                  Northern California

              • #15
                People who do not grow figs will pay it I have no doubt.

                I would for the right type.
                Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

                Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!

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                • Wunga
                  Wunga commented
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                  When I didn't have my own place I would pay a pretty penny for certain things I couldn't grow. Nothing is like a fig so 2$ for 1 was reasonable.

                • Ktrain
                  Ktrain commented
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                  Agreed, I pay $5 for a Dragon Fruit because my daughter loves them so much.
                  That is when I can find them...which is rare.

              • #16
                This is about an average price for retail sales honestly. We all know how perishable these figs can be and don't transport or store well.
                Angel #1 at 2 Angels Mushrooms & Figs-Chattanooga, TN Zone 7-B
                You are invited to The Fig Frolic on Sat., Sept. 17th, AND Hang Time (for OurFigs only) INFO HERE

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                • #17
                  I have bought fresh figs from Costco a few times, unknown varieties but most likely Brown Turkeys from California; I remember having paid something like 7.99 or 8.99 for a 2-lb. pack.
                  Location: NJ, zone 6b
                  Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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                  • ginamcd
                    ginamcd commented
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                    Same here, but once you sorted out the horribly under ripe and inedible fruit, you were left with about a pound of marginally edible, and maybe two or three figs that decently ripened.

                • #18
                  Turkish 🤣🤣
                  MJ
                  Chicago Zone 5
                  Figbid Listings Varieties List

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                  • #19
                    So $13 / lb for fresh figs is a bit extreme. What I always find silly is the price for passion fruit in the stores. It's often $2-4 per FRUIT! And this is in California where it's easy to grow. In about 2 weeks I'll be giving them away to the neighbors by the handful.
                    Jason. San Diego, CA - Zone 10A WL: Boysenberry Blush

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                    • #20
                      Achilles, what store is this?
                      Sebastopol, California. Zone 9a
                      The best time to plant a fig tree was 80 years ago. The second best time was 50 years ago. Oh well.

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                      • Achilles
                        Achilles commented
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                        Community market

                    • #21
                      Sadly, many will pay that for marginally ripened figs and declare them a delicacy. Once you get a taste of perfectly tree ripened fruit, you realize how horrible the under ripe grocery store figs are. Same with tomatoes -- the only ones I'll buy at the store are Campari, and only then after I give the package a sniff to confirm they smell like ripe tomatoes. Most will just grabs the reddest looking flavorless baseballs and go merrily on their way.
                      “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
                      – Source Unknown
                      MA 5b/6a

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                      • JoePAFig
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                        Yes, exactly this! I smell the Camparis and strawberries to see if they smell like they should.

                    • #22
                      The lady selling figs locally said people were crazy for fresh figs this year. She had over 40 people on a waiting list to buy from her.
                      Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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                      • #23
                        You can’t even find fresh figs for sale here in DC. At least not on the places I shop.
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                        • #24
                          Beware of people that count gardening time as labor.

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                          • #25
                            Here's my Brown Turkey figs. This is the only tree I have in ground, rest are new cuttings in pots. I should try eating some of my Brown Turkey instead of giving them away to my neighbors.

                            I have about 4 dozen fruits all ripening slowly one at a time (every week) so I might try a few of the next ripe fruits. I'm still new to fig varieties, can anyone tell me if the Brown Turkey has a breba crop, and if it does, how do you distinguish the main and brebra ? Is the fig in my photo a breba or main crop fig?




                            Fullerton, CA

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                            • venturabananas
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                              Yes, Brown Turkey has a breba crop. I can't tell the difference from a photo of the fruit alone. Breba grown on last year's wood, i.e., from an area with no leaves. Main crop come out on this year's growth, i.e., where there are leaves, just like mulberries. Don't judge figs by CA Brown Turkey. It is not a top tier variety.

                            • Sparky
                              Sparky commented
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                              Try letting them hang for 2 more days. They should be much sweeter.

                            • sc4001992
                              sc4001992 commented
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                              Thanks Mark, I checked my figs, so it looks like these are (not main crops), must have been brebas.
                              Last edited by sc4001992; 07-30-2021, 03:03 PM.
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