Ginseng Buyers in Tennessee
Answered by: Richard Alan Miller
Question from: Barbara
Posted on: October 12, 2007

Good day to you. Can you tell me where I can find a listing of buyers in Tennessee? I have searched every avenue I can think of, with no luck.

In the old years, Tenneva Hide and Fir were your local buyer. Now that has fragmented in to more regional wholesale buyers. Why? Because wildcrafting ginseng has become a dying breed of individuals. Too much as wildcrafted in the past and sorely threatened it as a native plant. Money for wild ginseng is excellent, but those buyers are fewer today than ever in history.

It is more easily grown as a crop. Considered better when grown as a Forest Farming project, and are much healthier, and with better root chemistry. Current prices for COG grown ginsengs (4-year old root) is $23/lb., FOB. Most manufacturers of this crop now need a paper trail on where it came from. The top buyers for wild ginsengs right now is China, of course.

Your best bet is to look toward the regional buyers now, which would include Great American (Eolia, MO) and other similar buyers. Those are on lists, found in both my books and website. One you should review now is

http://www.nwbotanicals.org/oak/altagri/marketingrsrc.htm

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