As you are aware I am back in the chicken egg business again. To say that the business proposition does not make one wealthy is an understatement, but for the most part the sales pay for feed and scratch.
If I let myself start thinking on it, as I am now, I can get a bit perturbed. Why you ask? Well, it’s this way, if I sold my Farm Fresh, Pasture Raised Hen’s Eggs at the farmer’s markets over in Madison, I could get $3.50 a dozen for them. If I lived in Connecticut, like Red Bee Marina Marchese, I could get $5.00 a dozen! As it is, I live here in N. Alabama in a tiny farming burgh and try to sell mine for $2.50 per dozen… but the potential customers scoff at the price.
Here is a recent example of what I am up against:
I finally spent the money to put up a sign on the main road to point potential customers to the Farmlet. So after three days of not getting even a nibble… I got a customer!
The lady gets out of her car and carefully walks across the lawn. She’s one of those heavyset ladies with the tightly curled and blue tinted hairdo that ladies of a certain age are all so fond of. When she gets to the door and rings I open it and politely greet her.
She says, “How much foh yuh eggs?”
I say, “$2.50 a dozen”
Upon hearing the price I see her eyebrows have shot up and she is now clenching the clasp of her handbag and holding it to her ample bosom. After the momentary shock wears off she drawls, “That’s way moah the the stoah’s sellin’m foh!”
To which I politely explain that mine were after all laid yesterday, my hens aren’t kept in inhumane conditions, if she tries them she will surely like them because they have far better flavor than what she will find at the grocery. And finally, was she aware that the grocery store eggs can be well over a month old by the time she buys them?
She gives me a hesitant look, and I realize that I’m loosing her as a customer… so I quickly blurt, “If you bring me your carton back for me to refill it will give you .25 cents off of your next dozen!”
To which she replies “How much do ya’ll want for your eggs?”
I caved. I told her, “For you $2.00 after the discount.”
At that, she pried open her handbag and peeled two dollars out of her wallet to hand to me.
I have not seen her again and its been two weeks. Maybe she just doesn’t eat that many eggs?
Who can say?
In the meantime I have found an outlet for my surplus eggs! I am selling them at the Farmers Co-op downtown! So OK, I am still not getting rich, but at least I am selling all of my eggs now! And that’s a happy thing! “:<>
Here’s an update!
Yesterday the lady I told you about (above) came back to buy another dozen eggs. This was nice! But what made it spectacular was that she has reserved in advance three dozen for the 8th of August!
“Nah remembuh…” she reminds me, “… that’s three dozen on thuh 8th. of August. I wanna send some home with mah friend who’s visiten from Nawth Caralina!”
I love this lady!
* Click HERE to find out more information on the health benefits and differences of “Pastured” vs. “Free Range” and “Factory Farm” hen’s eggs.