[Market-farming] Re: Herb Farm Sales
PATRICIASHERBS at aol.com
PATRICIASHERBS at aol.com
Fri Jan 10 13:30:39 EST 2003
Your concerns are definitely something to think about before doing it.
I started the greenhouse here at my house, first as a hobby/business. At
that time the neighborhood was still zoned agriculture. So I am
grandfathered in. I loved it and it has just kept growing. I do have set
seasonal hours & days open. A shop/old garage has been turned into my herb
shop. I can't take near everything I grow to markets or events, so I use
them to promote folks coming here to the greenhouse.
On the plus side- I can walk out the door to go to work. When I'm closed
(hopefully) sometimes even in my robe & slippers : ) Very short commute.
If it's slow I can come in & do laundry, clean, etc. There is the financial
benefit. Mine also comes down to being my own boss & landlord.
On the negative side- I can walk out the door to go to work. Sometimes I
start getting a bit house bound. Even on closed days, I'm of course still
here working. Our eating out goes go up during my season. I can't escape
alway's having something to do- either in the house or business.
Some folks may come anytime, to just 'try and just catch you' to open up
for them then. After coming home a few times and finding people "just
looking" at the plants in back, gates went up on the curved driveway. I also
found a baggy of money once, with a list of plants 'taken.' And no, the
money didn't even come close to paying for them. The gates have locks. Last
year, we put gate alarms on them. Love it! Now when I'm open, I can be in
the back of a greenhouse or my head in the oven cleaning, and know when
someone comes. I consider myself a very private type of person. So I do
feel clashes having people walk through 'my space.' To alleviate that- we've
put decorative and privacy-making wood fences around a lot of the house &
ornamental gates. The customer retail area is focused. Be prepared for the
ever curious human, no matter the age, to go where you don't want them too!
Make sure you add extra insurance.
All in all, I would do it again. If I could make one change- it would be
to start out with more land! We are looking to move to more acreage, and
yes, it will also be open to the public.
I look forward to discussing more on herb growing-
> We have many requests to provide
> retail at our farm, but so far I have resisted! That's such a big
> and I'm not ready to make it yet. Maybe someday.......hmmmm. What kind of
> life do you have with people coming to your home? Love the discussion with
> this topic!
> Barb Birkinbine
> Oak Camp Herb Farm
> Lodi, WI
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