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matt_hooks



Joined: 01 Aug 2010
Posts: 312
Location: Lambourn(ish) Berkshire
PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 10 5:27 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

The sloe bushes round hereare cropping so heavily that branches are breaking off due to the weight of fruit! Blackberries not so good, but the sloe crop is phenomenal!

I'll have to try and get out and pick some. What do they fetch per pound/kilo?

Stewy



Joined: 17 Oct 2005
Posts: 1453
Location: Berkshire
PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 10 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Quite a few folk flogging them on eBay for around 2-3 quid a pound.

fifixx



Joined: 11 Jul 2010
Posts: 10
Location: Shillingstone, Dorset
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 10 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have just done some quick figures in my head (never very reliable!). To make a profit, covering transport etc and my time, I will have to sell at least 200lbs of sloes! Is this possible?

Thinking of bagging/boxing them - probably 2lb at a go - otherwise it's quite a small quantity.

Apparently Waitrose sell them for 4.49 for 1lb!

After my initial heady excitement of riches galore, I am now wondering if I should do it - perhaps I will do it once and treat it as a trip to London as well.

sally_in_wales
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Joined: 06 Mar 2005
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Location: sunny wales
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 10 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have a reference on your balckboard of what the supermarkets are charging so that people can see yours are a bargain. Do a simple recipe sheet of things to make with sloes and sell that for 20p, you'll get steady sales of that from people who wouldnt actually buy fruit and it encourages people who do to be brave and try a range of recipes

dornadair



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 63
Location: left a bit
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 10 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It may be helpful if you are selling face to face to include a few recipes printed on a sheet of paper. We did that with some rose petals, including recipes for rose petal ice cream and rose water and managed to shift them, no problem. We would have had a job on our hands selling them otherwise.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6494
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 10 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you really telling me that people on ebay are buying sloes?
Really?

And paying postage?

Im missing a trick....Ive just bagged loads and hazelnuts (small ones)

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33779
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 10 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yep, for around a fiver a pound, including delivery.

darlingfrog



Joined: 13 Oct 2013
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 13 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Fifixx, are you still selling sloes & if so at which London markets?
I'm trying to get hold of large quantities to make some sloe gin for a friend's wedding next summer but with no success so far.
thanks

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 41802
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 13 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fifixx hasn't been on line here for quite a while. Somebody else may be able to help you out though. Good luck and welcome aboard.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33779
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 13 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If no one here chimes in, search ebay. Tons on there.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24558
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 13 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Where are you, darlingfrog? And will you tun into a prince?

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 13 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We sell them, on eBay & by email/phone, 6 per half kilo plus 9 delivery

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44033
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 13 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you sell many?

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 13 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Usually more than we have time to pick, yes. A guy from the States wanted 3 tonnes, either last year or the year before, but we had to say no, mainly due to he logistics.

MornieG



Joined: 17 Jan 2013
Posts: 933
Location: Bromham, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 13 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
Usually more than we have time to pick, yes. A guy from the States wanted 3 tonnes, either last year or the year before, but we had to say no, mainly due to he logistics.


3 Tonnes !!!! would hate to have his gin bill !!

Mo.XX

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