I've been reading a lot of the great info compiled on this site (Thank You!) and I have some general questions & a dilemma. I have land in another state that I know has wild ginseng growing throughout, problem is I don't live in that state and my property there is way off grid. Last year I did some scouting & planted some stratified seed from the same growing zone as my property in NY. This coming year I have hopes to harvest a little bit of what I scouted last year. Here's the dilemma, I can't stay at this property long enough to dry the roots properly. I've been reading here that there is a benefit to cool the roots in the fridge for 2 weeks up to a month, and then finish the drying in a temp controlled space, with good airflow. Could possibly have hubby stay to do that, but I worry about battling with the mice.
Newbie question #1: If I get the wet ginseng certified in NY by an inspector, can I take it across state lines to dry it, bring it back later to sell? Or is that strictly illegal-I don't want to break any rules.
Newbie question # 2 :Do you absolutely need refrigeration to get the best quality of drying, or is a temp controlled space with airflow adequate? Either one is tough to come by at my cabin. We have a fridge that's propane, but I don't trust it, I've had a lot of things freeze in the fridge portion.
Lastly in my situation, do you think I'd do best just to take a possible loss in true dried weight, and sell fresh roots? All in all, I don't ever expect to see much green from this, but if it helps offset the cost of our land in any way it would be nice. Thanks for any help!