Sorry we are sold out of seed. We still have some rootlets left.
Well another year has come and gone and once again the price of dried root has taken a dramatic shift for the better.
In our area we had a dry summer from late July on which usually means the ginseng plants will die down early due to heat and moisture stress. Our plants here on the farm were pretty much gone by the first week in August. This can be hard on wild crafters due to the later opening of the digging season when alot of the plants had already died back.
A shorter supply of dried ginseng root does translate into a better price at the end of the season. The last that we sold went for $700.00 a pound.
Yes folks it is possible to make money at this. It's not a get rich quick kind of thing but if all goes well it is possible to turn a few coins at this.
Seeds were sure in short supply this past year. For the 200 calls we had to say no to i'm sorry about that. It looks like they may be short again this coming fall so that's something to keep in mind when you go looking.
Well if you have any questions just give us a call. The best time is in the evenings or weekends.
Thanks for stopping by.
Shady Oaks Ginseng Farm was begun in 1997 by Chris and Leslie Burdette. We started Shady Oaks Farm as a way to eventually retire from our real jobs and stay home and make a living from here.
The farm is located in the hills of West Virginia outside of a little town called Poca. Yes it's spelled just like poca dot and the local high school football team is called THE Dots.
We grow our roots under a natural shade canopy in rich woods dirt. Our main product is wild simulated ginseng which if grown properly will grow to look wild and for all intents and purposes is like wild if nothing is added to enhance growth.
We started with wild simulated ginseng and goldenseal and have now expanded to include Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Jack-in-the-pulpits, Bloodroot, Trillium, Maidenhair Ferns, True and False Solomonseal, and Wild Geranium.
Along with our 1,2, and 3 year wild simulated ginseng rootlets we have ginseng seeds. The market for good wild simulated ginseng sold as dry root has been good the last few years with some even reaching wild price.
We now have our blueberry nursery up and running and if you are interested just check out our other site www.shadyoaksblueberry.com.
If all goes well we will be offering daffodill bulbs and Iris for sale in 2012.
Pacific N.W. ginseng Growers Association
Appalachian Ginseng Foundation
Sylvan Botanicas Catskill Mountain Ginseng www.catskillginseng.com
Rural Action: www.ruralaction.org
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (AHRA)
Ohio State Extension
Plant Conservation Alliance
Native Plant Database
Michigan State University