Success and Catastrophe!

Well, we are now rolling with the sprouts!  I did my first harvest on Friday (May 22) and harvested much more than I expected.  12 trays gave me 78 bags!, which is 6.5 bags per tray – much more than the 4 I predicted.  I sold 36 bags to local retailers and a few to passers by on the street outside my house!  It looks like the retailers will be regular buyers, so that is nice.

With the first harvest it too a while to get into the swing of things.  I could not remember all the systems I had used before, so it was a bit slow.  But once I got going it was more smooth.  I did all the harvesting at the Farm and then I did the bagging at home.  In the future the bagging will be done at the farm as well.

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But of more interest in the past while is the minor sprout catastrophe that occurred about a week ago.  I came to the farm to see that one of my benches had collapsed!  I’ll let the video explain the rest…

So what does this mean?  Well, I am considering just continuing with one bench for now to see how it goes.  The operation will still run a profit and I should be able to pay off the expenses and make some money this year.   After doing my first harvest I realized that harvesting 54 trays would be a huge undertaking and that is a lot of sprouts to sell. However, If I get regular supermarket sales and they sell well at the market, then I can quickly put the bench back up.  But I would definitely need to hire someone to help me.  I may do so anyway
as it would make things go more than twice as fast.

So to end on a good note, here is a nice picture of a full bench with a batch ready to be harvested in 2 days and the second batch which will be harvested in 4 days:

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