Once again I am trying to revive a garden that was once the source of so much hope back, oh, 8 or 9 weeks ago. June is usually the hottest month of the year here in Phoenix, and once again I went out of town just when a major heat wave hit the city, and my poor garden suffer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, squash, and everybody else out there in the side yard garden will forgive me for not providing some shade and more water and start producing!
At any rate, I recently visited an urban farm here in the area and was really impressed by their success as gardeners and their ingenuity. Their front yard is filled with massive, beautiful gardens and in their backyard they have both chickens and goats.
What was most impressive, though, was what they’ve done with their harvests. They run a small produce delivery business that offers organically grown heirloom fruit and veggies, fresh eggs and herbs, and, I believe, goat milk. Subscribers pay up front for the weekly delivery of these foods right to their front doors.
This small business markets their products to more upscale urban/suburban customers who seem quite happy with this modernized version of the milk/eggs delivery from decades ago. Also, as news of GMO foods and unhealthy/unethical practices of animal farming continue to make the news, more and more people want these fresh alternatives but few actually have the time, space, and, in my case, the skills and/or luck to grow their own. So, the choice is either making time to go to a farmer’s market or pay much higher prices at gourmet/high end grocery stores.
It’s no wonder that this mom-and-pop business is thriving.
This business concept might work very well for you if you have:
- the ability and space to grow a large amount of produce
- a fairly large population nearby with customers likely to want and be able to afford this service
- good customer relation skills and a bit of salesmanship as well
- reliable transportation
- a bit of know-how when it comes to marketing your business
I noticed that the owner of this farm/delivery service has a very friendly relationship with each customer, caters to their special requests whenever possible, and produces what she promises in terms of excellent, fresh food.
Have a green thumb and more produce than you know what to do with? Maybe this could work for you!
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