Big stuff happening here, and to keep all of you in the loop, I have decided to add this blog page. It will allow me to add more pictures and make longer posts.
I received word today that thanks to our new Representative Jeremy Faison's efforts on behalf of all area small farms we are now fully legal to sell our products!!
The state government has amended the laws that did not allow us to sell at local farmers markets, and has even made it ok to give out samples!! This is exciting news for our local market and farmers!
Now, I am sure you are asking, Where does that leave us with our kitchen plans??
Have you heard the phrase "in for a penny, in for a pound"? At this point, we are "in for a pound". We are too far into the project to back out of it--but that's ok. First of all, I just need more room. We are already doing so much business that my home kitchen is really beginning to limit my production. With the new kitchen, I will have two ovens and a lot more dedicated work space, so I will be able to greatly increase my output, while putting in the same amount of hours (or hopefully less). Secondly, we still have leads for retail locations that want to purchase our products wholesale for their stores. We still have a lead from restaurants wanting to put our products on their menu. We simply must have a commercial kitchen in order to fulfill those orders. Thirdly, we still intend to develop a gluten-free line of products, and this just simply has to have a dedicated gluten-free work space.
So, as you see, we have lots of good reasons to move forward with our project, but we are ever so happy to be in the clear to sell (and sample) at local markets with our home-kitchen made products while we wait for the commercial kitchen to be done.
As for the construction, Keith took a week off to chaperon our oldest son Nick at youth retreat with the church. He is back at it this week. He has closed off the back door and begun putting in the electrical wire today. I have acquired a few interior pieces through an auction house in Birmingham, AL and am watching them carefully for more stuff to come available. It would be so much easier to just order what I need, but we are stretching our donations just as far as we can, and that requires patience! I am waiting for stainless steel workspaces to come up, and I really need a larger commercial mixer. I am confident that the Lord will continue to provide just what we need when we need it.
As always, thank you for your interest and support!