Monday, September 16, 2013

Business Update for September 2013

Business Update!

Things are chugging along in the apothecary! We continue to harvest jewelweed, plantain, dandelion, red clover, calendula, chamomile, feverfew, tulsi, lemon balm, mints, and more. We are drying and making infused oils and new products all the time. It's a race against the clock to harvest as much as possible before the first frost! Anything we don't get will have to be purchased instead of raised ourselves, but luckily, we have local sources for almost everything we may need established! Just this past week, I made friends with folks from Franklinton Gardens and hope to get some of their bumper crop of hops flowers!

Retail Sales:
We have been making inroads into selling in retail outlets. We have been at City Folk's Farm Shop for a month or two now. We will be at Bexley Natural Market starting this week. We met with Near East Side Coop last week and are meeting with Clintonville Community Market today! We will soon be in Celebrate Local, too.

Farmer's Markets:
We ended our Easton Farmer's Market season. We really enjoyed meeting lots of new folks and establishing regulars there. We are continuing at 400 West Rich Market through the winter, and hope to add one or two more winter markets: Columbus Winter Market (in Clintonville) and possibly the Pearl Street Winter Market.

Next year, we are looking at the Moonlight Market on Gay Street for the summer as well!

We have several new products: Blood Sugar Stabilization Tea, Toothpaste, a Pregnancy Gift Pack, and a Medicine Cabinet Starter Kit (4 remedies everyone needs- one price!). We are in production of a spray deodorant. We have our first glycerite tincture in process- lemon balm (an anti-viral that is safe for kids)!

Changing Seasons, Changing Inventory:
We are stopping production of summer items (like sunscreen and bug spray) and upping production of cold and flu items like Cold and Flu Elixir, Cold and Flu Tea, Slippery Elm Lozenges, Cinnamon Honey, Decongestant Shower Disks, Breathe Well Tea, Earache Oil, and the like.

We will be hosting workshops in October and November at City Folk's Farm Shop:

Oct 22 (6:30-8:30): Herbs for the Cold and Flu Season
Nov 5 (6:30-8:30): Make n' Take: Herbal Gifts for the Holidays
Nov 12 (6:30-8:30): Herbs for Women's Reproductive Health

You can register for the classes using the links!