As previously stated, southern cabbage is nearly always sold by the crate or the barrel, and these methods are common among growers in the North. The crate is the best package because of its perfect ventilation and compactness when loaded on wagons or cars. Cabbage crates vary in shape and size. The following are inside measurements of those used in various parts of the country: The Mobile crate is 16 x 16 x 26 1/2 inches; Charleston or South Carolina crate is 11 x 19 X 38 1/2; Florida, 12 x 20 x 36; Lexington, 15 x 15 x 33 1/2; Baltimore, 10 x 18 x 35; Norfolk, 10x20x37; and Chicago, 17 x 17 x 32. Second-hand truck barrels are used extensively in the North, and sugar barrels are excellent for handling winter cabbage when sold by weight. Summer shipments require free ventilation, which may be provided by cutting about four large vents with an ax in the sides of each barrel after packing. Winter shipments may be protected by lining the inside of the barrels with paper. Firm and close packing should be the aim of the snipper, whether the cabbage is sold by the package or by weight. To prevent rotting, it is important that the cabbage be dry when placed in the package. Large quantities should be shipped in refrigerator cars in warm weather, in slat cars when weather is cool, and in the warmest box cars in cold weather. An inverted V-shaped ventilator is often made of rough boards and placed lengthwise in the center of the cars when bulk shipments are made late in the summer or early in the fall.
With many local markets and in some of the large cities the crop is sold by the head or the hundred heads. When this is done the cabbage is loaded in bulk on the wagons and the heads counted when sales are made. It is a convenient method for many growers, and may be advantageous to grower or dealer, but seldom to both. The most satisfactory way is to sell by weight, and this method if generally adopted would materially raise the quality of cabbage produced in various parts of the country.