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Food preservation 2fer
My new Etsy business has now been to 2 Christmas Craft Fairs and things are moving well. I’m learning a lot, and friends have been invaluable! One gave me her old business card and pamphlet holders, and a display rack, another gave me wire shelves. One redesigned my labels for free! I’ve gotten some excellent advice, too.
So now I’m faced with “how big do I want to get”? Do I want to spend every weekend traveling to-from shows? Or do I want online orders only? Do I want it to be a “filling in the corners” kind of thing, or a “replace the job” kind of thing?
As a sufferer of chronic pain, I have only so many “spoons” per day, and per week. If I spend all day on my feet cooking on Monday, I may have used up half the week’s spoons in one day, leaving me exhausted and in pain for the actual show. Speaking of which, each craft show is about 6 hours long but uses 2 days worth of spoons.
One of the reasons I want a home based business is the ability to make my own schedule, nap if I need it, take 2 days off if I need to, etc. But if I get really big, Jim can quit work big… I will be as busy, or more busy than a regular job.
Not to mention, Jim has to drive me to the show, pack/unpack the car, set up/ tear down the table…
So, how big do I want to get?
Fall is nearly over and we had few of the jaw-dropping, must buy sales we normally get at harvest time. This worries me a bit.
We did get root vegetables and onion at $2/ 10lbs twice. But meat only went on sale once, and that was just chicken (blsl breast $2/lb, but injected with water).
What does this say for food prices over the winter and spring? Food is traditionally cheapest at harvest and most expensive in the spring. I hope everyone took advantage of the few there were and canned/ froze/ dried for the winter.
Even canned goods never really went down.
I’m going to look into this a bit.
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How to plant your first successful vegetable garden
How to plant your first square foot garden
I strongly recommend the Sq Ft Gardening book. I’ve been gardening that way for years and it really works. Just remember the size of the full grown plant and give those babies space!
Well, it was exhilarating and exhausting, fun and …. well, exhausting. I guess I’m not 21 any longer, those 3:45am bedtimes are getting kind of hard on me. But I learned a lot, met some interesting people, met a couple famous people, and stayed in THE best hotel suite ever.
Two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite) real kitchen (apartment size) laundry room, living/ dining room. It was an apartment with maid service!
Picked up the cats at the babysitter’s. and lo and behold, guess who’s learning to can. She is just starting, so it’s BWB, but she gave us some bread and butter pickles to try. Mmmm, my hubby’s favourite.
So, next time I’ll bring her a jar of butter chicken, or the African peanut chicken I’m planning to make next. And maybe a little baggie of spices to get her hooked on the clean taste of my all spice & herb blends. (Laurie’s Ultimate Goods)
No Frills: 10lb carrots, potatoes, onions or beets $1.97, utility turkey $.87/ lb
Both are worth running out for.