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Turning your gardening and farming interest into a profitable business can be the greatest decision that you’ll ever make, especially if you already have the right tools and resources ready. However, instead of focusing on the common greens, many gardening experts-turned-entrepreneurs have taken on the challenge of growing specialty and non-staple crops. Why?

Earning thousands of dollars per acre is not unusual for specialty crop growers not only because these herbs and crops are hard to find but they also require unique expertise to grow. Most of them are prized gourmet ingredients and other varieties are highly sought after by organic food enthusiasts.

Let’s take a look at the most profitable specialty crops today:


  1. Mushrooms

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Gourmet mushrooms such as oyster and shiitake have been the top choices for urban farmers for many years. These crops can be grown indoors and you can expect a generous return per square foot.

They are typically sold either fresh or dried, with a price ranging from $6-8$ a pound.


  1. Ginseng

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Known as the “green gold”, this medicinal plant is a popular Asian healing herb. In fact, ginseng has been around for thousands of years. Although farmers have to wait for six years before they can finally harvest ginseng’s mature roots, some growers find profit from selling seeds and its young rootlets.

Profits from an acre of ginseng plot with fully grown root can range from $180-$220. Most places with cold winters have the advantage when it comes to growing this valuable and priced crop.


  1. Gourmet Garlic

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Gourmet garlic farmers recognize three profitable types of this crop: Porcelain, Purple Stripe, and Rocambole. What makes them different from regular garlic that most people use in everyday cooking is their superb taste.

A pound of gourmet garlic is priced at $9-$11 depending on the varieties. Growing this kind of crop is less risky compared to another specialty plant because garlic can easily thrive in a wide range of weather and soil condition.