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£ Mastodon Berries £ Inches
The Great New
Gigantic — Delicious — Everbearing
Nothing Like It Ever Produced in the Strawberry Line
Commission Merchant Likes to Sell
T HERE is no question but what the Mastodon is the largest berry
ever yet produced — and they are just as highly flavored and sweet
as they are big. And the berries are very firm, reaching markets
in fine, firm condition when other varieties become soft and unsaleable.
Our commission merchant, Mr. M. Guggenheim of South Water Street,
"We are enjoying wonderful results in the selling of your Mastodon
Everbearing- Strawberries. We have never had the pleasure of handling any
variety of everbearing strawberries with so much satisfaction. You know,
by our sales, that they are bringing good prices, because they have very good
appearance, good eating quality, possessing a wom.erful flavor, and the
carrying quality is unusual for one of the everbearing varieties. They seem
to consistently come in to us firm and in perfect selling condition." M. Gug-
genheim & Co., South Water Market, Chicago, Illinois. "
This House sold our Mastodon Berries for $6.00 a crate (16 qts.)
Prominent Men Praise Mastodon
M. Glen Kirkpatrick, Associate Editor, Farm .Journal,
‘‘Tried to keep the blossoms picked off but by the
middle of September they got ahead of me and the
first I knew I was having strawberries for breakfast
and the plants are still bearing. The plants have pro-
duced- quite a few runners, and considering the
weather, the growth had been very vigorous. Con-
sidering the weather of the past season, I -would judge
that the variety is remarkable."
E. C. Eindeman, Field Secretary, American Company
Life Assoeiation, Higlibridge, N. J.:
“My gardner did not get the plants set for two
weeks after they arrived. They grew, however, and
have prouuced well. I have picked enough berries at
one time from four plants for a meal. They are still
bearing and the plants are vigorous. I want enough
plants next spring for one-half an acre."
L. S. Goode, Better Homes and Gardens, Des Moines,
"The quality of the Mastodon plants you sent was
certainly excellent. With a normal season, I am con-
fident a remarkable yield would have been secured.
As it was the fall crop per plants from the Mastodon
was equal to our spring crop on a bunch of Senator
Dunlaps, plants for plants.
Hon. Stanley H. Kunz, Congressman, Eighth District,
"The berries are simply delicious, and very large.”
Mr. N. R. Sammet, National Representative, Wall
Street, Versallis, Ohio:
"The largest berries I ever saw. They’re delicious,
Wherein Mastodon Leads :
j Most Productive and Profitable of All Everbear-
Five hundred seventy-six quarts per acre in one
day's picking, selling at 35c per quart, making
$ 2 (io.co from <>nc< acre in one day.
_ Berries Largest of Any Known Variety —
*• Eighteen till a quart box (see picture below) ;
5 laid end to end measure 8 inches (see picture
at left), 3 weigh 2 ounces. One measures 5
• Berries Big and Uniform at All Times During
The berries are just as big at the end of the
season in late October (or later) as they are in
July, August, or September. At no time do they
Berries Very Firm and Attractive —
*** Mastodon berries are just as solid and firm as
tney are nig, ami tiieir color is a most attractive
strawberry red. Pronounced wonderful by
everyone who sees them.
- Berries Delicious, Highly Flavored, Sweet —
Nothing lacking in the taste of Mastodon berries.
Just read on this page what our customers think
of the Mastodon.
.. Bears Three Crops within 18 Months After
P* Planting —
Mastodon plants begin to ripen their big, won-
derful berries within 00 days after plants are
set and continue until cold fall freezing weather.
Then the following spring they bear as much as
any spring variety. The plants then take a 6
weeks' rest and commence fruiting again and
bear big, juicy berries all that summer and
fall. Can you bent it? Three crops in 18 months.
_ Plants Are Big, Vigorous and Make a Good Wide
<*• Picking Row Where Other Varieties Fail. (See
picture on bottom opposite page.)
CUTLER & DOWNING CO.
NURSERY STOCK — SEEDS — SPRAY
Benton Harbor, Michigan
MATERIALS — FERTILIZERS
Says about Mastodon Ever-
bearing two years
On Oct. 26, 1025
By FRANK RIDGWAY
“Commercial fruit growers are report-
ing big profits from the Mastodon variety
of strawberry, a new everbearer which is
attracting much attention in Michigan
and Indiana. The experience of B. W.
Keith with this berry during the last
season or two will give some idea of its
importance to fruit growers.
‘‘The Keith farm, near Sawyer, Mich.,
started with 3,000 plants and today the patch
covers about six acres on moist, sandy loam
soil. Up to Oct. 20, more than GOO 10-quart
cases or 10,000 quarts of strawberries had
been -picked from the patch this season.
Growers claim it is the most productive and
profitable everbearing strawberry.
“From plants set on the Keith farm last
April, ripe berries were picked on July 11,
within 90 days after the plants were put in
the ground. From the spring set plants ber-
ries were picked every three to five days,
yielding by the first of August about 160
quarts per acre every five days, and at that
time they sold at 30 cents a quart. Despite
dry weather in early fall, 36 cases an acre
were picked at one picking during the first
week in September. These late picked ber-
ries sold at $6 a 16-quart case in Chicago,
netting $5.30 a case to the grower. Cold,
cloudy weather brought the pickings down to
5 cases to the acre during the first week in
“There are still a great many berries on
the vines, but the cool, cloudy weather pre-
vents ripening. Mr. Keith expected to get
another 150 cases if the weather is favorable.
Mastodon is scheduled to put the everbearer
on a commercial basis so that northern mar-
kets may be supplied with plenty of straw-
berries from spring until freezing fall wea-
What Mr. Ridgway wrote
On Sept. 27, 1926
By FRANK RIDGWAY
“Mastodon, the great stra.wberry found in
Indiana a few years ago, has stood the test
in practically every section of the United
States this season. It is now widely dis-
tributed and favorable reports come from
experiment stations in various states where
the berry has been tried.
“In some places it is said this giant of
the berry family produces three or four times
as much fruit in a season as any four other
“In a patch on B. W. and B. H. Keith’s
farm near Sawyer, Mieh., a few weeks ago,
I counted from 30 to 89 strawberries to the
plant. The Keith brothers, who have done
perhaps more than anyone else to develop
this new berry, say it is not uncommon to
find a plant with 100 berries on it. One
fruiting stem in the Keith patch had 24
berries in various stages from blossoms to
ripe berries. Many plants this summer have
produced from a pint to a quart of berries.
It only takes a few of them to fill a quart
cup or box, and they are highly flavored
down to the center of the berry.
“Michigan and Indiana growers are still
picking strawberries in their Mastodon
patches and expect to have first class berries
until it freezes. Growers say it is not un-
common for them to pick berries from this
everbearer up to the last week in October.
Last fall on Armistice Day Michigan growers
picked Mastodon strawberries. The leaves
on this strain protect the fruits from frosts.”
The demand for this New Popular Berry is so great, it is unlikely the supply will hold out.
now and save yourself from disappointment. You simply must have some.
Fruit Trees and Plants
Above all things, you want good, clean, true to name fruit stock.
We have it and have been furnishing this section for 22 years.
Your neighbor will tell you about CUTLER. & DOWNING quality.
It is the best obtainable.
A subject that few farmers know enough about, and on which will
depend the profits you take off your land. Tell us about your condi-
tions and we’ll recommend the proper application.
Garden and Farm Seeds
We have seeds better than the ordinary. Seeds that will produce
crops that bring profits. You can save half by buying our bulk
seeds in any desired quantity. We usually have just the kind you
want. Try us.
Whether it is Lime-Sulphur, Arsenate, Blue Vitrol, or what not —
we have it. Will gladly recommend the proper mixture for your
particular need. We use DOW Lime-Sulphur — because it is best.
Whatever you want, make our store your headquarters. Always glad to have you
come in, whether you buy or not. But don’t forget the first time you come in leave
your order for this new wonderful Everbearing Strawberry.
CUTLER DOWNING CO., BENTON HARBOR, MICH.
Nurserymen in Berrien County for 22 Years
Store — 77 Elm Street Yards and Warehouse — Park and Water
Meet Your Friends Here Opposite Express Office
#*80 Per A J
Picking Mastodons in August. Note the wide,
Picking Mastodons after snow falls. Mastodon
bear heavily until cold, freezing weather.
Bears in 90 days
after plants are
set, and 10
At Last! Money for
the Fruit Grower.
There are Profits in
This New Berry.
If You Do Not Read
This Pamphlet from
Cover to Cover,
You Are Passing Up