Good morning folks! Yes, we are still here. Sorry about the lack of updates over the past few weeks, but it has been absolutely hectic around here lately (more on that in a later post).
For now though, I would like your input. We have decided that since we aren't quite busy enough, it would be a good idea to get into a new venture at Alchemy this summer so I'm offering a 50 dollar gift at amazon in exchange for you donating us a little of your quality down time and filling out the form at the bottom of this entry. We'll pick a winner next Saturday, April 30th so good luck!
So we did a little brainstorming about what we could get into that people might be interested in buying from the website. Listed below are our top answers and an estimated price point for each, not including a shipping charge if one applied.
Herbal Tea ($7)
I had some success last year making tea from home-grown anise and echinacea. We could have this grown, dried and packaged by mid-summer I'd suspect.
Goat's Milk Soaps and Creams ($10)
We had thrown around the idea of goats for a while, so we would either get our own or see if we could source the milk from a goat farm we came across in Vulcan. Either way, pretty local and hipster-friendly. Fragrance would be added using essential oils and our own herbs.
Free Range Eggs
It looks as if our lead on meat hens isn't going to pan out and since we already have the coop built, why not get some laying hens? The regulations on selling food are a little tricky though, so I can't estimate a cost yet. I would imagine 5 or 6 bucks for a dozen though and probably available in the fall, with the best eggs coming in spring 2017.
Honey and Beeswax Candles ($5-ish)
I know Erin's been pretty excited about the prospect of bees and we have a few neighbours who could guide us through the intricate process of not getting constantly stung, so this one would make sense.
canned goods ($5)
Between what we'll be getting from the Thirsty Acres CSA and what I can convince to grow here, we should have an excess of veggies this year so Erin suggested doing a bit of canning. I know she makes a mean eggplant chutney and we'll keep any extra from the batches, so I secretly hope everyone picks this option.
Artwork and handicrafts ($ Per Project)
Erin's a hell of a painter and she's sold a couple of projects before, so why not offer them on the site? Tough to estimate a cost though, as it would depend on the project but I can assure you it wouldn't be one of those "My drunk aunt Cheryl could paint that with nail polish and tears, how is it $1400?" situations.
shirts, clothes, etc. ($25)
We had a few ideas for Alchemy shirts, hats, bags, etc. Of course it's hard to decide whether you'd be interested in that without prototypes in front of you, I just wanted to check on the likelihood of you guys forking over 25ish dollars to buy clothes from us. Also, I'm VERY picky about T-Shirts. Like. Weirdly so. So there won't be any cheap cotton, built on a mannequin frame that is the shape of no human currently living, with a big plastic unbreathable logo on the front type shirts being sold here.
So that's it! Just pick your top two product ideas in the form below and click submit. I'll let the winner know next Saturday morning so get submitting.
Because honestly guys? Bribery works.