town_642ESTABLISHING A MARKET FOR QUAIL

So last week I called on three restaurants to sell our quail eggs.  We had done our research and we knew a guy who sold eggs last year to a couple restaurants, so I had some idea of the cafes/restaurants/wine bars who would be interested and what they should/would pay.

I walked into the first place, presented my spiel, all the while holding back on the price quote because, quite frankly, $6 per dozen seems a bit steep for miniature eggs.  You know what I mean?  But I was assured by my friend that chefs would pay that much, so finally I quoted the price and….

The chefs didn’t even blink at that price.

Six dollars per dozen for miniature eggs?????  I wanted to yell at them “ARE YOU CRAZY?”

In an hour I had two pretty solid sales (I’ll know for sure this week) and one who wasn’t sure they could use them.

Six dollars per dozen?  ARE YOU CRAZY?????

Needless to say, I’ll be going out next week to try and secure more restaurant sales because, well, daddy didn’t raise an idiot.  If people are willing to pay that then I’m willing to take their money.

QUAIL ARE CONSIDERED A SPECIALTY ITEMtown_358

Well sonofagun, who would have thunk it? Those little birds are pricey because they are positioned quite nicely in a little niche specialty market.  More and more people want nutritious. More and more people want locally-grown foods.  More and more people want quail.

And we seem to be the only people in Olympia raising them on a large scale.

Whoop!

We had a $200 week last week and we did nothing more than advertise, for free, on Craigslist.

Just wait until we really try!

AND THAT’S WHAT THIS WEEK IS ABOUT

This week I’ll visit more restaurants and this week we start our farm stand on our front yard. Every Saturday from 8-10 we’ll sell quail and chicken eggs until supplies run out.  The stand is out there right now.  I’ll put a sign on it tomorrow letting people know in advance what to expect.

And then we’ll see how it turns out!

SO THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE’

Stay tuned! I’ll tell you more about it next week.  Right now I have to go feed our newborns.

By the way, guess what item on restaurant menus has the highest markup…..give up?  Raw oysters, on average, are marked up 3000 % on menus.

That was 3000%, my friends.

Suddenly I don’t feel too bad selling quail eggs for $6 per dozen.  LOL

Bill

 

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11 thoughts on “Building A Quail Business

  1. I may start a worm farm, Bill! They too sell for $6 a dozen, and the soil they create is also pricey. That’s something else you should consider because you have the perfect climate for worms.

    Bill Henderson

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    1. Bill, it’s something we’ve talked about but so far haven’t found the time for…but it’s a great suggestion and one I’m sure we’ll do in the near future. Thanks for the reminder to get my butt in gear.

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  2. Hiya, Big Bro! Sorry I didn’t make it by right when this post came out. It’s the end of the school year and the possible end of our after school program (won’t know about funding at least until July but maybe not as late as September…which has ALL sorts of implications). To that end, I have also been working on a side project partly because of the precariousness of my job at the moment. Hmm…I should blog about that or something. 😉
    Anyways, I had to run and shout at John. “Dude! John! Big Bro Bill is selling quail eggs for $6/dozen. YOU GOTTA DO THAT, TOO!” hahah. I don’t know if he will, but we’re definitely having lots of fun following your story. 😀 I’m so proud to know you, Big Bro. You just full o’ inspiration. Know what I’m sayin’?

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    1. Lil Sis, I’m glad you’re enjoying our journey although I’m sorry to hear about your job hanging by a thread. When will this country ever learn to get its priorities right? A well-rounded education is crucial to the development of children…..not just math and science. Sigh!

      Anyway, thank you. I’ll try to keep you entertained and yes, you should write about your job situation.

      Bro

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