Lucy Has An Idea

Another phrase that strikes fear and dread into my husband's heart -- "I have an idea".

But this time its a little idea. And he doesn't even have to do anything. And, perhaps, it will return a little profit.

I got a new garden catalog, The Territorial Seed Company. In a way, this is all my husband's fault because he's supposed to be throwing out garden catalogs as soon as he gets the mail this season.

I noticed a few fascinating new plant ideas. For example, minature bell peppers in assorted colors. And White Currant Tomatoes. Can't you just imagine how the foodies that frequent the new gourmet shop in town would freak over those? Well, I can. I have a good imagination. And I know the owners of the shop are interested in buying/selling local organic gourmet produce. And I also know a thing or two about "foodies", especially the -- ahem -- sophisticated ones.

Its all about the marketing. Homemade v/s artisianal. Egg-pie v/s quiche. Tap-water v/s Evian. Lets be clear, for the uninitiated or easily intimidated: all those things are the same. Evian is just tap-water from a different tap. Homemade IS artisianal, and quiche IS egg-pie. Marketing matters. This is why Kiwi fruit changed its name from Australian Gooseberry. No one wanted a gooseberry. It sounded rather icky. But Kiwi? Now THAT sounds exotic!

Almost as exotic as Organic White Currant Tomatoes. Which I'll be growing shortly. And a few plants of Organic Minature Chocolate Bell-peppers (along with the Cardinal and Sunshine and Vert colors). Just to see how receptive the local market is. Plus, this year the little plum tree should have a few yellow plums on it. So I might also be offering Organic Japanese Shiro Plums. Just a thought.

The point is: These are small plants with a relatively high yield and even higher profit margin. Kids could do this!

If this works, next year I might add a few yellow raspberries and a few wild blueberries from Maine. Speciality hard-to-find organics are what foodies are looking for. I'll laugh all the way to the bank. We'll see how it goes and keep you posted.


Oh, Lucy, I'm so with you on this. I started down this road, but then took the gardening job. It will work! Actually, I was going to do a specialty organic coop thing using some of the spare acres at the tree farm. My idea was to list unusual items, including cut flowers (of course), on a web site and let them order what they wanted me to plant for them. They could either pick it up at the farm or at the organic farmer's market that just opened. Your idea to start smaller makes a lot more sense, since I was stopped with the realization that I needed to drill a well, install electricity to pump from the well and put up deer a cost of $10,000 or more. That's a lot of veggies to recoup the investment.

earth girl | 01/26/2006 - 02:08 PM

Sounds like a brilliant plan!! If only I didn't kill everything I tried to grow!

Leni | 01/26/2006 - 03:50 PM

I'll definitely be starting small. Just a few flower pots. Admittedly, very very big flower pots. Maybe instead using five gallon buckets. They have a few in rather attractive neon colors at Walmart! I'll need seven. Four pepper, one red tomato, two white tomato.

Lucy | 01/26/2006 - 09:54 PM

Just remember to keep the tomatoes and peppers well separated. Otherwise, the flavors will mingle. Speaking from experience. ;-)

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