It seems that every time I add a post, I apologize for how long it’s been since my last post and I promise to be better at posting. Well I’m going to do that again but assure you that I will be back writing more often in 2014. We have some new and exciting things about to happen with our farm and farm business..I know you’re gonna love it!
Within the next few days I will be adding a page that highlights products from the farm. This is a temporary page until the “NEW” website becomes active. On this new page you will be able to order our products as well. It’s kind of a backwards way of putting all of this together but it works for me and should be very easy for you to navigate…I hope.
Also, coming soon will be our Farm Fiber CSA…stay tuned for all of the details and how to order your “shares”. This has literally been 20 years in the making and I am now happy to offer it to you all.
This is it for now…be back soon with lots of great new posts!
Next week I will be participating in a 2 day Open House and a Harvest Festival. This time of year I like to have items other than our goats milk soaps, lotions and socks. So any yarn that hasn’t sold during the year I use to make items to sell at events like these coming up. This year I have very little yarn left over..so, it’s going to be a hats season. This box of yarn is representative of what will become those hats.
Several of the skeins left over are handspun and include a little mohair and silk in the blending. The others are mill spun skeins left over from the CSA shares from last year and are all wool. All of the yarn is handpainted by me and I think the colors have turned out pretty nice this year.
I can’t believe that it’s the middle of August. Time has just gotten away from me and I suppose that’s the case with everyone. It seems as though it was just yesterday that I announced our Spring Fiber CSA and as of today, word from the Mill is all of the fiber should be spun into yarn and ready to ship by the end of the week. It seems as though they wanted to get the really large orders out as soon as possible..my good and our shareholders good. All of the Roving is ready for shipping now and should go out Friday.
So many people have emailed me asking if we have any plans for a Fall CSA. As of right now, no. I am trying very hard to get all of the soap and lotion orders caught up before the Holiday season gets here and I’m not sure that I’ve got it in me to set up another CSA for the Fall. The only thing that makes me want to say yes, is all of the fiber I still have here at the farm. It would be nice to move it out of the loft before next Spring. We are working on another idea though for Fall that I will discuss more in upcoming blogs. It’s a little different but I think that the concept might be well received. Keep checking back to find out more.
As of last count, I have moved over 300 bars of soap out of here since the 1st and that’s what I am doing today..making soap. It’s amazing how well this side of the farm business is doing. We just shipped a very large order to Italy yesterday and I am working on a pretty good size order to deliver tomorrow locally. Breeze Hill Farm is becoming a household name in the states and abroad. Can’t beat that, eh?
I wish I could say that our Co-op sales were this good but they aren’t. I don’t know what is going on but each week sales are consistently going down to the point that this week we’ve sold less than $100. of product. We love this Co-op and the other producers and members but it gets a bit costly to travel close to 100 miles to deliver so little. Maybe everyone is concentrating on final vacations and school starting. Don’t know but I miss my customers! Our products in a “food” Co-op have been fairly hard to sell anyway. Try as we may, we just can’t seem to get the point across that we are trying to “take care of outside while the food producers are taking care of the inside”. The fact that our soaps are molded in pretty molds doesn’t take away from the benefits of goats milk soap for the skin and our lotions and creams are just wonderful, for the whole family. Of course, being a producer, I just want everybody to buy bunches all of the time. Maybe in the Fall.
Got to get back to the soap. Everybody have a great day!
I cannot believe how quickly a week..or two goes by! Each time I blog, I promise to do so more often and the next thing I know it’s been a week or more since my last post. Apparently, having employees is how so many of you farmers/business owners are able to blog constantly. I find that there are simply not enough hours in a minute.
First thing I want to cover is the progress on the fiber processing for the CSA. I talked with the Mill Thursday. All of the blending and carding is complete and they anticipate that spinning will start by month end. The good news, for those who purchased the roving shares, the roving is being shipped this week. That shipment should be in by the end of the week and we will start sorting out the natural shares next week. I will start dying the dyed shares the following week and those should be ready for shipping to our shareholders the last week of August. Our plan is to have a small gathering the last Saturday of this month for roving pickup and for any other shareholders who want to come out for the day. We will have a lot going on for everyone to enjoy and there will be lots of food and drink. For those who wish to come in from out of town, we have reserved our favorite, local B & B for the entire weekend. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if you need lodging.
It was pretty exciting to see Breeze Hill Farm listed as the “Featured Producer” this week with Fall Line Farms Co-op. We are so happy with how successful the Co-op has been its first two seasons and look forward to season #3. Check them out, if you aren’t already a member. Several of our drop/pick up points are now carrying our products, so if you forget to order from the Co-op, you can pick up extra items from these these points. Gather carries a complete line of our wonderful goat’s milk soaps and Cavanna Pasta has a nice sampling of our entire line of goat’s milk products. Weekly we are increasing our outlets for our products and are so happy when we hear from our customers through referrals.
Well, that about covers everything for now. I am off to make another large batch of lavender soap, so I’ll be very relaxed by the end of this day!
Well, the last couple of days have been just wonderful. Part of our Goat’s Milk soap and lotion farm business is made up of wholesale accounts. I picked up three new accounts and they are biggies. After a year of working hard and being patient with these accounts, Breeze Hill Farm soaps and lotions will be in our first Virginia Historical Home gift shops. This is so exciting and now it’s time to get to work. Also, we’ve added two new vineyards to our wholesale base. I love it when we are able to recognize how our hard work pays off.
Over the next few days, I will be revamping a lot of our website www.breezehillfarm.com and welcome your comments and suggestions along the way. The Fiber CSA offerings are down to just a few left but next week we will have a new fiber related listing. So, check back often. We have a lot of alpaca fiber, in every recognized color so, much of this will be made available.
I placed a dye order today so I’ll be ready to get started on the dyed CSA shares when the yarn comes back from the mill. Finally, I’ll get to do what I really love. Every single dyed share is going to be painted yarn, which really gives the true fiber artist (that would be me) the opportunity to show her stuff!
You know, I am such a lucky person to be able to have this wonderful life. So many people never get the chance to live and work their passions. I have both, plus a wonderful husband to give me help and support every step of the way. I could never imagine not going through this life without him. July 7th, we will celebrate our 31st anniversary. Wow, am I really old enough for that? You bet. Funny thing, that’s kinda cool too!