Herbs to Restaurants - newbie

Lyrical(Z5 Ontario)September 20, 2004

Hello - I've been growing herbs for myself and friends for years. I'd like to sell to restaurants.

Is year-round production important? We have some space that could do inside, and we've been thinking about building flats or a greenhouse outside. DH is very handy!

I was thinking of marketing by delivering a brochure with a little bag of herbs attached, possibly backing it up with a website if I get ambitious.

I would like to produce several varieties that might not be easily available otherwise. We have a lot of restaurants in the area.

Are there any experienced restaurant herb sellers who've tried similar plans and learned something in the process? Many thanks in advance.

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I think it's a great idea. It's something I'd enjoy doing. Are you familiar with Eliot Coleman? He grows vegetables year round for restaurants. I'm sure it could be applied to herbs. I'll include a link below.

http://fourseasonfarm.com/main/articles/articles/mother2.html Another article I'm sure you can gather info from.

Year round will depend on what you work out with the restaurant(s). I wouldn't hesitate to talk with them about spring to fall crops. Find out what the prospective buyers want and see what you can do. If you find it works for you and them and that you enjoy doing this you can add to your operation later. We're adding a tunnel in the spring. This winter I'll be growing in cold frames in our greenhouse. Smaller steps at a time is usually a lot safer than diving in head first. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Winter Harvest

    Bookmark   September 25, 2004 at 7:32AM
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