Su Ba wrote:
Selling value added products from a small farm or backyard here in Hawaii has significant obstacles. By the time you buy the various permits (some have to be renewed every 3 months) and pay to rent commercial kitchen time and space, you have just spent all your anticipated profit before you ever sell your first item. The local government has actually taken all your profit. Thus, most small producers here sell their products under the table. it's even illegal for backyard producers to sell eggs here. The health department inspectors go after vendors at the farmers markets, so eggs are a black market item. Crazy, no? In the name of food safety, people can no longer buy the foods they want here. I hope the situation is better in your state.
Michael Judd wrote:Alcohol or non-alcoholic syrups/liquors. The ultimate value added market that you can count on thriving regardless of which way the economy goes. We have a small, 12 acre, homestead in Maryland, zone 7, where we are growing a limited number of many uncommon fruits - persimmon, jujube, paw paw, elderberry, aronia, hardy kiwi, currants.. which to get the most bang for the buck from we are experimenting with making mead (honey wine) and syrups. Most states have event licenses for selling wine meaning you can make small batches and sell retail at festivals etc. The syrups are sought after by restaurants and higher end bars for desserts and mixers. River Cottage Handbooks No. 2 & 6 out of England are excellent guides to making value added goods from uncommon fruits.
Cortland Satsuma wrote:@Aimee...
Thank you for the input; and, glad the thread is useful! Do you have any info on which fruits are doing well as jams; and, how else those fruits are providing profit or stacking functions?