Saturday, August 17, 2013
Sunday Reading - Market Update
For instance I had been filling up one or two 40 oz. sized bottles each time I harvested and no one seemed to want that much honey at one time. I still had three bottles of it left over from other harvests. One bottle was even still the late Spring honey that is much lighter colored. This morning right off the bat someone walked up and bought all of them and then I had three other people ask if I had larger bottles available.
Ya just never know. Also glass bottles I have to tack an extra buck unto the price because glass is so much more expensive. All my other sales this Summer people were balking at that extra dollar until today everyone wanted glass.
Veggies sales were actually pretty good but at the prices the competition is forcing on the market right now you have to move some heavy volume to really make it worth your while if that was all you had to sell. As a side attractor to the honey however the veggies are working out well giving me an extra 25% or more in over all sales total.
As things appear to be working out if I had about three or four times the producing hives I managed to save over Winter I would be making at least as much as I made working 50 hours a week at my last low end job. That knowledge of course is not going to get me anywhere right now no matter how much I contemplate it. It's going to take at least the rest of this year and a Winter without losses to even think about getting the new hives up to production status of those numbers. That volume would also require weekly trips to at least two other markets I know of nearby as well so would increase over head some as well.
One item I have found that moves fast are bagged up hot peppers from Jalapenos to Anahiems, people seem to love them. I guess that surprises me because other than growing em I have very little use for peppers. Oh I guess selling them now is a use. I have also found that having little recipe sheets for off the wall items that I like to grow like say pattipan squash and such get's women really interested in them :)
I can't say I am seeing any real profits yet but I am seeing the real long term potential and as I have pointed out I believe this is where the real future of agriculture is heading for us as a whole. The trick is going to be getting the volume needed on a regular basis.
Right now I am waiting for the girls from South Faulkland hive to go to bed. A large number of them are just hanging out on the front of the hive and I need for them to all go inside so I can close em up and move them. That is the hive that has decided to turn pirate on it's weak neighbors so I am going to move them off to the West Apiary where they will be the weak neighbor.
Believe it or not the towel over the little nuc worked to stop the robbing and the bees that had left went back in and began building comb. I inspected them this afternoon and actually saw the queen this time but they are in sad shape with very depleted numbers. I really don't have any brood to give them right now anyway but maybe things will shape up in the next few weeks. More than likely there is no way I am going to get them built up enough to survive Winter but I can't just not try especially after finding the queen today.
Well off to check and see if the girls went to bed yet.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!