the real reality is its mine and I don't have to sell it for any less than what I think its worth..I've been digging and selling root for over 40 years and I aint no damn kid..and aint going to be suckered.. they will give what I think its worth or they don't buy it.
Absolutely. You can keep your ginseng for the rest of your life to keep someone from 'taking advantage of you by not giving you what you think it is worth. But, is it better to get $500 a pound or nothing at all? As much as you think your stuff is worth, it is only in fact worth what someone is willing to pay you for it today. If you become emotionally attached to it, then it has intrinsic value to you and that value may well be more than anyone else would ever be willing to pay.
You do what you want. I can't make you sell it (nor would I want to do so) any more than you can make me buy it.
Keep this point in mind...I don't care if you keep it or sell it. But, if you sell it, you will only get what someone is willing to pay. You just cannot make someone buy something. Expecially at a price higher than they are willing to pay because you think it has value above what they are willing to pay. That's just silly and we all know it is.
...if you decide to keep it over, just be sure to comply with the law for getting it registered, certified, or whatever your particular state says you need to do to keep it past the season.
Something else most folks don't seem to understand is that holding a significant amount of ginseng over completely screws up the numbers of both years. To sell that ginseng you are falsifying an official record, which is an arrestable crime in this state, unless you list the true harvest date on your paperwork. Which, if you didn't get it certified or registered, is a also a crime. It has to be handled seperately (read more $$) as the export licenses and permits are different for each harvest year, and they expire after a short time.
The last thing any of us need is the feds making new rules to restrict the sale of roots from one year into the next to make the record keeping more accurate. They appear to be looking closely at regulating wild sim as it is.