I need a bigger brain!
we met last night with our friend who has the cheese making stall inside the market last night , she is also my partner for the cupcakes there.
She has MS , previously it was managed well, but over the last six months is causing her some problems with her balance, and fatigue. She is also noticing she is losing interest in the stall and found the pace even over the winter was very challenging .
In the spring and summer, the pace is easily, 10 times what you would face in jan, feb.
She doesn't want to lose her spot, and in part is hoping a break will end this round of worsening symptoms . So she has asked us to take over her stall from now till, nov. through the busy season.
It sounds exciting and awesome, but realistically we are talking about adding two more full market days to an already maxed farm, and farm staff.
It would give is an opportunity to branch out our product lines, showcase the cakes more, higher end crafts and floral arrangements, hand made candies with fancier packaging, etc. cheeses, cream cheeses etc. ice cooling display units etc there .
It will mean significantly more work though, mostly for my end of things. We would need to find more part time workers, and schedule additional truck and trailer for loading.
Economically it is a sound decision, emotionally we want to help them-we know they are not mortgage free yet, close though, so we could takeover the rent, then kick them back 20% of profits so they would still have some additional income coming in.
I just feel stretched a bit thin, I figured we would take over down the road for them but I figured we would have the kids older, and be in a better place in our life to do so.
On the other hand, we are developing some goals around here in addition to the land purchase this fall, down the road we would like a hydroponic greenhouse that would filter through our tilapia ponds. We would like to replace our trucks with electric vehicles, and our first priority would be banking a years wages for at least one permanent year round farm hand.
I love the idea of showcasing the cakes etc, more. They are excellent profit ratio, are not weather dependant. And have less risk then being solely dependent on crops alone for the farm income.
It's a lot to weigh out and think about, I know we will end up doing it, partly out of friendship, partly because it is a good opportunity it's but I just need a bigger brain some days to plan out all the logistics of it. ,