I've been getting a lot of emails asking why we haven't been at market. Folks are saying they LOVE our microgreens and miss them and want them back! It's so exciting and uplifting to know people are missing us and love our product.
So why are we still not at market? Well... Installing the greenhouse has turned out to be a much bigger project than expected. Working on the greenhouse is a two man job at least and since Ross has a full time job, we can't really make much progress during the week. Working alone on the greenhouse proves to be frustrating and occasionally impossible.
Having to deal with the greenhouse makes us more painfully aware of how difficult it is to manage the farm with Ross working a full time job. I'm frustrated because I can't do the work by myself and Ross is frustrated because he's not available to help. If this year had a theme it would be "Growing Pains." We want to expand our business but are limited because I can only do so much on my own during the day. And we need Ross to keep working so we can afford to live. We certainly have a lot to discuss, debate, hash out and think about heading into the winter and the 2015 season.
Some good news is we are making progress on cleaning up the pastures on the farm. The pastures were heavily grown over with thick brush and briars and saplings from being abandoned for years. For the past two weeks, I've been bush hogging for about 3 to 4 hours a day. I had no idea briars could grow to 9 feet tall! Mowing is absolutely cathartic, empowering and makes me feel like I'm making some progress. Our land is turning out to be more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
Again thank you for all the kind emails asking about our return to market! Please check our website and Facebook page for updates on our progress. We'll be back as soon as possible!
Ross and Jillian Mickens are the owners and operators of Open Door Farm located in the North Carolina Piedmont.