So with the shoulder blown for a month or more and literally thousands of pounds of spuds in the soil I need to both rest my wound and harvest my potatoes. Employees are not really an option as the paperwork headache of insurance, tax withholdings, etc is not worth it at this scale. Perhaps I can “get by with alittle help from my friends…”
Here are my 2 favorite solutions I and others have come up with:
Potato Aid Parties
We like to throw parties, and are aspiring foodies. Most people that we know love our potatoes and love to visit the farm, and many have offered help. Put these together and we’ve come up with this idea:
- Invite several families to the farm
- They bring their favorite potato recipe and ingredients (sans potatoes!) to make it, and I supply the beer, harvest forks, and bushel baskets
- We all take a farm tour and then harvest potatoes for a hour or two (3-500#’s)
- We crank up the grills, gasifiers, and fire pits and roast, boil, and skillet up a storm
- After eating our fill, everyone leaves with as many potatoes as they want and we keep the rest to take to our clients that are counting on some spuds.
Modified “U Pick”
A U Pick farm will not solve my issue of getting spuds to my very crucial restaurant clients, but what if I tweaked the business model slightly? Instead of charging $’s per pound, I charged “pounds” per pound? To put it another way – for every pound a customer takes, they harvest me 1 or 2#’s. This gets people out to the farm to eat my harvest, but more importantly gets me some harvest to sell to my clients.
As I planted more than double what I needed this year in a fit of hubris, either of these plans accomplishes my goals of getting 1400#’s of potatoes to my restaurant clients while simultaneously doing so without me re-injuring my separated shoulder. It is healing nicely, so I may only need to have help for 2-3 more weeks. Ideas are welcome!
Gotta love the hurdles life throws at you, but on the flip side I have apparently fallen in love with playing soccer which may very well inspire me to lose that 20#’s I’ve put on since high school and gets my legs back to the point where I can run a 5k in under 21 minutes again. Judging by today’s run, I’ve got 10 minutes to go on that, but I am both stubborn and driven.
A man can dream, and fitness is intrinsically good.
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