We’ve been busy, but…

The last update was in 2019 and it’s now 4 months, almost 5, into 2020.  We are in a pandemic.  Everyone is asked to stay at home and things have shut down.  This web site hasn’t done much and the updates are lacking.  But that doesn’t mean we aren’t up to something!

Over the last several months we started making lip balm!  After making several batches and honing our recipe to create something that everyone likes, we finally agreed on a recipe.  We started kicking out different flavors – Bacon, Banana Creme, Cherry, French Vanilla, Key Lime, Pina Colada, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Tropical.  These are super good!  Full of Vitamin E.  Tons of Coconut Oil.  We even threw in some Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter!

The other thing I’ve been working on is getting a platform available for people to buy our products.  I tried this website first.  It wasn’t that great.  I attempted to use Etsy – but in reality, if you don’t pay a fortune to advertise, you won’t sell anything.  I decided to integrate/create a shop on Facebook.  It was all good and fine until I realized customers could only buy one thing at a time.  Not very efficient when you want 5 of something.  So I scrapped that and came back here.

On the farming side of things, we’ve got the garden going.  We’ve got 3 rows of red potatoes, 3 rows of onions (red, yellow, white), one row of salad, four hills of radishes (doing them different this year!), and one row of garlic!  The annuals are coming in just fine (asparagus, strawberries, grapes).  Although we don’t sell those at the farmers market, it’s nice to see them come up and bloom!

And just like every other company, we are trying to figure out what is going to happen with the Farmers Market.  We’ve been watching podcasts, online classes, and training on how to do things.  While some of it I agree with – some of it I don’t.  One of the biggest things is to have your customers shop with their eyes and not their hands.  Grocery stores aren’t currently doing this with their produce and they sell “ready-to-eat” produce.  Unfortunately, we don’t have the “right stuff” to sell “ready-to-eat”.  This is why our vegetables show up on the stands with dirt and other stuff on them.  If we wash them, then it becomes “ready-to-eat” and I believe we would all need food handlers cards for that mess.  So, I don’t know.  So I have no idea what we are going to do with that.

I’ve rambled on long enough.  Enjoy the rest of the <day, week, month, year> and I will post again sometime next year!

 

-riley