Could Saffron Help Vermont Farmers?

Mark Mazer
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:57:06 PST
The minimum wage in Iran is one fifth of Vermont's.  The minimum wage in
Spain is half, and in Afghanistan 'tis one sixteenth.  How would green
mountain state growers ever expect to compete since labor is the
significant factor in the cost of saffron production?  The proposition
simply doesn't make much economic sense unless there is sufficiently
great value
added downstream.

No more crocus here.  Rodents ate the entire collection within months of
our arrival.  Then they feasted on the babiana, and then sparaxis.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 1:05 PM, Judy Glattstein <> wrote:

> Calling saffron "the world's most expensive spice," a BBC article:
> looks into what's
> involved in raising and harvest saffron in New England's ski-centric state
> of Vermont.
> So perhaps we'll have our choice of imported-from-Afghanistan or
> domestically-produced saffron. Paella for all!
> Fahrenheit
> Judy in the Garden State, where our weather is gleefully flip-flopping
> from nighttime lows of 9 degrees Fahrenheit to a daytime high of 59 degrees
> fahrenheit a week later
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