Did you know that an egg has over 17,000 tiny spores all over it's shell ?
An egg ages more in one day without refrigeration than in one week in the refrigerator.
A fresh egg will sink in water, but an old egg will stand up and/or float.
If you can spin an egg, it's hard-cooked, if it wobbles, it's raw.
Do you raise your own hens? Have you gotten to the point that you have too many even after selling to your family and friends?
Maybe you just have a few, but want to get more hens and start an egg business. Let me share with you three very simple ideas to get you selling those eggs directly to customers!
1. Farmer's markets
If you know of a nearby farmer's market that has no other egg vendor, than I highly suggest you jump on this opportunity! If it brings in a decent amount of people, I can almost guarantee you will sell out of your eggs every time! If it is a large farmer's market and has another egg vendor, there is still potential! As always, check your local health department and see what regulations there are and/or permit/s you might need. You might get lucky and not need a permit, and just follow simple guidelines such as having clean eggs stored under 45 degrees.
2. Selling from your home
This is different from selling to family, friends and neighbors. What you need is a nice neat sign and a garage or small outbuilding with a clean refrigerator. Usually people set this up as an honor system. Customers can come right into your garage, get their eggs and put the money in a jar set up by the frig. Very simple! It might take some time to build up clientele, but it also gives you more freedom. You can even sell your produce right along with it and eventually start a CSA that includes eggs.
For those who are ready to take it up a notch, find local restaurants who are looking for local eggs, or eggs with extremely better taste than a pale yellow tasteless egg. These are usually the higher end restaurants and it takes a little bit of marketing and people skills. You are the salesman and have to sell your eggs to the chef! I suggest you take them in for the chef to try (non-busy hours, of course). Make sure you have a stable supply of eggs and enough for the chef's demands! If a chef or two or three turns you down, don't give up. Keep looking and find other restaurants. Later, recheck the restaurants that turned you down and see if they are in need of quality eggs. You never know, their egg supplier might have quit or the chef just needs more eggs.
As always, Making Money Mondays are designed to help you with potential income ideas. I did not go into detail on hen and egg care. That is for another post!
Is an egg business in your future? If so, I'd love to hear from you and your eggcellent ideas!
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