Fitzhugh Creek LLC Farm and Emporium

Managing the Garden Notes by Jim Donohoe

Friday June 5, 2020
A credit system unfolds: the van parked in the drive is now without charged batteries. Walmart here I come. (Ain't got time for organization so Ill just ramble on.)

Several options for a market have opened s.a. Proof and Cooper's and 12 Fox; local, willing, active, parking, willingness apparent. One stickler is time, and frequency. In theory, market times would be fixed in order to give customers a chance to plan and so too for the sponsor. Frequency will not be discussed, as this requires sponsor input.

An alternative might be pursued as follows:
1. Market is supported in van. 2. Van is equiped with solar regenerated battery powered air conditioner. 3. Shelves inside hold vegetables. 4. Patrons enter through steps at rear and are able to examing goods and choose. 5. Goods sold are local, farmers, egg producers. 6. Producers donate goods and recieve credits. Credit categories are separate: e.g., tomatoes, eggs, my favorite vegetable, melons, pretty much any other vegetable in great supply. Weights are taken. Cash is not paid until resolution time. Cost incurred during transport are accumulated as reverse credits. Manager fee (?) is registered as reverse credit. 7. Truck makes multiple (1-3?) looping trips a week to pick up goods and park for customers. Local business are contacted for parking priveledges.

Manager duty will have to include inspection (a sample of eggs floated maybe).

The easiest way for this to work is for everyone to trust each other, and know when to inspect their own food. Eggs would be donated in returnable cooler to keep them at 40 degrees F. Cottage food vendors operate separately (I think this might be necessary) but, can make use of scheduling and location. One might question if a vendor policy is required.

Tuesday June 2, 2020
Why the hell not.

I finally got a local copy of my web pages so it'll be easier to add stuff from now on. There is still a lot to do with getting a usable page and it seems very much like putting up a building, although the struggle also uses many of the methods from my professional experience. For instance, at ther very top there is a conglomeration of paragraphs that needs to have a common access type. An index is desired. A chart showing elements and targets/consumers/values/actions needs constructing. Underlying similarities need to be exploited for code reuse. Of course big ticket items need to be started as a priority: ecommerce, scheduling/delivery/maps, forum for consumers - at the minimum this could be the lauch spot for other elements (stealing the spot for FB and ND).

Since the heading here deals with the garden I better start writing about it. The coverage is about 1/8 I believe. Producing:

Coming on will be tomatoes and okra. More rows are being planted. Tomatoes and peppers, watermelon and canteloupe. Better get back to it.

North Hays County Farmer's Market Notes by Jim Donohoe

Thursday May 21, 2020
At this point I really don't know who all is looking at this page but my host says 16 unique viewers. Good start, eh?!

This idea of connecting growers/makers and buyers/consumers has given me some thought. Originally, and still very alive is the North Hays County Farmer's Market. Y'all have come up with some very good locations. Assuming there is no public place to hold a market, the next logical place would be an existing retail location, preferably with items for sale that would complement the FM vendors' goods. Some suggestions:

Thursday May, 2020
So, this discussion got started on Nextdoor when I asked if anyone would be interested in a farmers market up here. This Nextdoor group is primarily North of Fitzhugh Rd to Hamilton Pool Rd, East of the Pedernales River and West of Bee Cave. Now that may not include all interested parties residences but anyone can of course participate in the discussion.

What seems to have evolved is a desire to have a place for home gardeners to sell their excess, for neighbors to have readily accessible fresh foods, and perhaps for crafters to have a avenue to present and sell their stuff. Just to note: selling food is a non-taxable transaction whereas selling crafts very well is. So, be forewarned to get you tax number if you are a crafter!

Welcome to Fitzhugh Creek Farm and Emporium!

VeggieCrate On our farm we use only natural growing methods, so you won't find any chemical pesticides, fungicides, or insecticides used here. We only sell what we grow. We grow all that we find possible and practical. We sell what we can locally and try our best to make use of the rest, either feeding the chickens, ourselves, or the community, or returning it back to the dirt from whence it came.

We also have a certain passion about things made of wood. And though not all of the wood designs presented here are our own, we try and add some personal touch to each to create something truly unique. Check out some of the contrivances and inquire about them if you like any of them.

Horse Stuff by Jim Donohoe

There is a lot of verbiage to be dissemminated on horses. They have come to consume a whole lot of my time lately and the more I learn the more I need communication with others who share the same burden so to speak. This seems like a fairly sane place to do that since the poop from the horses feeds the compost and ultimately the market garden. Which of course feeds my pocket. A logical place to start is certainly my own experience - funny one of my first thoughts was to write about other peoples opinions on and experiences with horses, but I guess that will have to wait for a while.

Horse Barn Etiquette Horse Barn Design