Archive | August 2016

Passion for Profit

We’ve become so accustomed to standardized food that I am always surprised by the difference one harvest to the next can bring. This must be a new phenomenon. I imagine people would have traditionally lived in a state of wait and see what grows, rather than I’ll go to the grocery store and have sub par everything all the time. 

It’s been an amazing year for Saskatoon berries and apples so far. Deliciously large and sweet. We shall be enjoying their abundance all winter long. I know that it will most likely mean that next years harvest will be scarce. Radishes sucked this year. Too much rain split them.  I’m ok with that. It’s the flow of nature and I’m excited to see what will be the new abundance. It reminds me to enjoy what is here, now as everything has its season. 

Moving forward with the wandering market has really taught me to go with this natural flow. There’s been times when hail has smashed expected foods or many of the the cherries get frost on their blossoms and the prices skyrocket or animals suddenly die. Sometimes a farmer can’t meet me becuase the cows got out or a pig is on the loose. I’m in awe of how we have been able to deal with each situation as it arises. That’s what farmers do so naturally but us others, we don’t really understand the variables. I’m learning. I’m also learning how to paint the picture for people so they can be a part of it too. 

I love doing this. It wakes me up and whispers to me “cabbbbbbbage.”. The support from people this past year has taken a small buying group and turned it into a full blown business. I’ve had to brace myself and breathe through many fears of paperwork, taxes, trying to make a profit while still payin food producers fairy, obtaining business licenses, driving a trailer home with zero experience and mostly… eliminating my fear of disappointing people. I’ll do my best and it’s pretty damned good most of the time. I hope that I’ll inspire a few people along the way to start their own thing. I’ve had so many inspirational people that have kept me going and made this possible. I think that’s been the main thing: listening to the new ways to stay motivated and inspired. The technical problems can all be solved, but if we can’t conquer our own fears and hesitations… We aren’t going to achieve much. 

I realized today that maybe a businesses passion can be seen in the way they spend their profits. What are the profits funding? This business profits have gone towards a beautiful collection of coolers to keep the foods cool and fresh, a new trailers to haul the amazing food, a clean office space to organize the orders, jars, papers and more. Our next big purchase will be a large refrigerated trailer. You’re a part of this. Each person that has purchased from us has helped build this to where it’s at and where we are going. I am so grateful.  It’s what I think about: How to do more and get the good food out to people with efficiency, care and love for the farmers. 

How are we doing? 


Deeper Meanings

I’m sitting here feeling totally immersed in emotion over The Tragically Hip’s last ever concert. I can’t help but relate it to my own life and journey through providing food for people from local farms. 

The band is into their third encore at this point, going beyond what is necessary. 

I want to live my life like that. Completely giving myself over to the talent and the passions for the people, as if today could be our last. It could be. 

I know what that feels like to feel so much a part of something that you would rip out your own heart and gift it on a plate to people. 

Life is short as it is, even without a death sentence. 

I want to spend it listening and answering the call of free ranged chickens clucking and garden tomatoes ripening. I want to inspire others to the tastes and pleasures of the earth and have them be supported and nourished by it. I want to see the producers of these wonderful foods, in their elements but without all the worry and stress of trying to make a living wage. 

We grow stronger and more united by this every day. I’m here to relay that message to you.

I’ve put myself out there so much  in the last year and it’s scared the shit out of me! Scarier than failure is the fear of success I think. With each success brings on a levelling up and new responsibilities. These responsibilities aren’t just things to do. It’s livelihoods. It’s people’s homes and ability to provide for themselves and continue on making the good food.

There was so much that I was not prepared for when I started putting together food boxes. I had to decide that I was actually doing this and then go full force taking a deep breath every two seconds and just pushin through. We can do this. I have to reconnect and recommit to that every day. It means so much to me and I’m so humbled by the amount of people wanting to do this! 

Even the small changes we make as individuals, adds to the  collective and it makes a difference. What we do and eat in our every day lives matters. No matter how small it may seem, know that that one egg or string bean, was picked and carried to you, for you by a real hand. Someone with ideas and dreams and thoughts. A person. 

I can see that this is building up to something. These are the days that we will look back to with nostalgic fondness.

What are you doing that connects you?  

Prairie Pearl Homestead: Supporting the farm. 

This is a big project and we need your help. 

The Prairie Pearl Homestead is hoping to sell their pasture raised lamb through individuals rather than take them to market where the animals end up in a feed lot and the Pearls end up not making a profit. 

We have eighty lambs to sell for them. 

When we first started out on this last year, I was surprised that so many people we’re opposed to eating lamb and so I asked why. The two main reasons: people don’t know how to cook it and some think they are eating little fuzzy babies. This isn’t the case. The animals are over 100 lbs as shown in the picture below. 

I have a few ideas to get these sold.

1. We put lamb in the food boxes. We can do that! We can also provide some amazing recipes to easily cook lamb.

2. People purchase lamb bags for $120 for 10 lbs. 

3. People can purchase wholes and halves at $6 lb hanging weight plus $100 butcher fee. Works out to approx $300-$400 per lamb. 

4. New idea for the entrepreneurs: if anyone is wanting to take on selling Prairie Pearl Homestead lamb as a project, I will forfeit my $1 lb and give it to anyone that can sell (or buy themselves) 5 or more lambs and they can keep the money for their efforts. ❤️ 

This would also work as a bulk buy for groups of people. 

Here’s our order form for more info. 

Lamb order form

That was Last year. 

And this is this year…

So lush in the night. 

These animals have an amazing life. ❤️

Prairie Pearl Homestead on fb
Jen and her tiny potatoes:

And Brian is going to hate me for sharing this selfie he sent me…. 😂

I wish I could remember what this was in reference to.