Every year I grow Oregano, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, etc...I've never tried to sell them but I think I might this year. How do you go about figuring out how much to sell it for and how much is in a bunch? Thanks
maybe check out what it sells for in the grocery stores? I know before growing my own herbs, I got them very reasonable at the farmer's market. (and they are pricey in the grocery!) no market around here, as people grow their own, but I saw some small potted herbs in Home Depot that they wanted $4.00 a pot for! wow...you could charge less and still do well I think.
The Homesteading today magazine has had two articles, that I've seen, on a farm in our area that has a business doing just this. I dont know if they're a member here--or if you can read back issues online(?) but it was quite informative.
I was recently reading about raising and selling micro greens too. I wonder how much you would need to grow in order to be worth trying to sell? I usually have a small flat of microgreens growing on the window sil next to my computer. Healthy snacking instead of chips. They grow so fast even in the winter that it kinda lifts my spirits and gives me hope that spring will indeed return.
With herbs at least you could dry and store them if you needed to. I think local restaurants would be interested in your fresh herbs if you could guarantee quantity and availability.
We sell a small amount of herbs - middle son has a project to grow and sell. He based his prices to sell lower than the big-truck-seller. It is a company called "sisco" and they were selling herbs for $11.00 to $12.00 per pound. My son sold his for $9.00 per pound to get the sales. He only sells a small amount to three to four places but makes enough money for it to be worthwhile for a young person. He has not sold enough ......in my view .....to make it worthwhile as an income maker. Some weeks he only made $9.00 but one week he made over $100. since they also ordered flowers from him. The sunflowers, two summers ago, were selling for $1.25 for ONE flower. He sold a lot of sunflowers that summer but this summer, with everyone cutting back everywhere, he only sold a few.
Market your herbs as "local" and "organic" (if they are organic) and or "fresher" than the big company can sell it. Also, the cafe's here like to receive the herbs twice a week rather than once........so it is fresher.
Good luck and I think it is worthwhile, or can be, but do your homework and find customers before you plant too much.
PS My son has dried herbs he did not sell and we are using those for gifts this year plus he saved the seeds so he does not have to buy more seeds.
I forgot to add that a "service" the cafe's like, offered by my son, is that he calls them each week. He calls on Monday and says what herbs or flowers he has, when he can deliver and then asks what they need. Don't wait to be called - you call them. Also, son would take one "sample" of another herb with each order or one sunflower stem. He would offer the "sample" herb as a "thank you" (it would not be a pound, he would take about 1/4 pound of the extra herb) gift but also it would then let the customer know about that herb (rosemary and sage were used once and did result in orders for those....and another time he had the fresh oregano)......and they would order it later.
I've always thought a nice niche would be a sampler pack consisting of three or four compatible herbs. How many times have you gone to make a recipe and had to spend $8.00 on four bunches of herbs just to get a pinch of each?
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