Matu Collins wrote:Hi Jake, I admire your entrepreneurship!
I have a question and a tip.
My question is, have you run the numbers? Have you figured out all your startup costs, the cost of your product to you, and what you will need to charge to make ends meet? This'd is important. Maybe you have already. I worked at our local food co-op for years and we made delicious raw juice. Delicious and nutritous, but wasteful of pulp/fiber and not a big money maker.
My advice is, name friends with as many farmers as you can. Maybe offer to help them with work in exchange for veggies. You may be able to get oddly shaped or "seconds" veggies for a great deal. It didn't matter if the carrot has three legs if you're just going to juice it!
Matu Collins wrote:If you can get all free organic produce that would be amazing! That's a business model that will work. Juice takes a lot of pounds of produce. I don't mean to say that you should run the numbers to decide whether you should try your idea or not. I suggest it as a way to get your books in order ahead of time so you can figure out what to expect and lay out your capital accordingly.
Is there a power source at the farmers market? Extension cords are tricky and juicers use a lot of power. It would be so cool to have a bike powered juicer! I've heard of such a thing but have never seen one.
The pulp is a welcome animal food if you know someone who has pigs or chickens. Depending on the veggies it can also
wayne fajkus wrote:Other than any licenses you may need (I have no idea if required), I say skip the planning and running numbers and go do it. The worst thing that can happen is you get stuck with a $200 juicer (which you will use) and a little money lost. You will rebound if it fails.
The downside is low. The upside is high.