We could pick all colors of peppers for $3 a bushel. Tomatoes $2-$5 a bushel. Oranges as low as $1 a bushel. If I wasn't careful I would drink a quart of OJ while juicing.
Shoot, we have picked strawberries at 25 cents a quart and they supplied the little containers.
As time passed the u-pick signs went down, disappeared. The last place we picked oranges was at Hunsaders produce near Bradenton, FL. we had to sigh a legal release before going into the grove. The owners said it would be the last year. Law suits by idiots who didn't realize they could get hurt in fields where there were insects, reptiles and tree limbs.
I miss the thrill of picking our own, plus the cost. We will plant one orange tree at our house when we get back. I don't know how long it takes an orange tree to produce, probably years, but we still plan to plant one.
All law suits are not bad. BUT many are unnecessary and cause others problems in the long run such as the u-pick fields. The u-pick was usually after the professional pickers had gone thru the fields, except oranges. several trees were set aside for u-pickers.
On a brighter note.
Florida is also cattle country. Today we passed a pasture with only cows and calves. It was such a pleasant sight to see the mama calf tagged by her calf as they were migrating across the field. I wondered out loud how mama cow knew when to ween (gently kick) the little one and 'splain it is time to start eating like a big cow, no more teat.
But the scene was so striking, I said, "No wonder Paula is so struck by cows."
Florida holds lots of interests.
Cows and cars: