My, oh my, how time does fly!I can't believe it has been nearly 6 months since the last post! Once the peppers start coming on heavy, though, it's a full time job to plan, pick, and process everything.
|So many PEPPERS!|
|Our first dollar!|
As a result of all the extra work, our 'winter break' (which amounts to about a month from Nov-Dec), was spent making solid plans to kick 2017 up a notch on both ends of the business.
PLANTS: We decided to start seeds a full month earlier than we did last year, so around 600 went into soil between January 2-4th. More will be in the ground soon, but this is all we had room for in the beginning! Fewer plants will go into the BBG Garden this year overall (which means more for sale in May-June), but we will be varying the pepper types even more.
|First "true" leaves are in!|
|Reach, babies, reeeeeach!|
SAUCE: We are still in the process of getting our hot sauce 'legalized' for sale at local farmer's markets. The fees and hurdles in Illinois are high, but so are our hopes that 2017 will be THE year we finally go legit. We have a recipe, we have our HACCP plan almost ready for submission... and hopefully will have the fee for certification raised by the time we need it.
(Not-So-Interesting Side note: Hot sauce is a funny little thing... it's not a "food" per government regulations, it's considered a condiment, and even as a condiment, it doesn't qualify for home production under the Cottage Foods Act, but rather falls under the area of a canned good. That, in turn, puts in under and entirely different set of guidelines from 'regular' processed goods. On top of that, our state government has been in a budget battle that has limited the number of experienced people available to help answer questions and guide us through the processes, sooo... we had to do a lot of helping ourselves in 2016.)
|BobbyGitr heading up disc sales at our DG club's fall event|
As Danny Lindahl says, "Slow is smooth, and smooth is far..." Hopefully our slow but smooth start into the disc business will help us grow and take us far.
Until next time... keep things... "Mmm... SPICY!"
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