Learning from experience
Turkey order form, needs a disclaimer on it, weather and nature play a HUGE role in how big they get, we just can't be sure a customer will get as an example a 15 pound turkey, it depends on nature, weather, when the order was taken and what their place in line is, plus we don't know the weight until processing day.
We will change the weight structure to read 6 to 9, 9 to 12, 12 to 15.
I will also plan to take the entire Thanksgiving week off if I am lucky enough to get it approved.
Our new processing setup worked great, now we hope to make this temporary facility in to something even better and faster.
A air chill system is a MUST for 2007, I think I can make one for a small farm like ours and maybe pass on the information for others, if I had more time and smarts I would apply for a SARE grant to help out. I don't like the water that ends up in the cryovac bags. We will also order some of the large bags, this year we used small and medium bags but needed a few large ones.
We need an "in" basket for our desk for orders, plus seperate books for each kind of product.
We need to send postcards to people to acknowledge their orders and then again to let them know when their order will be filled, again we don't push our animals so sometimes implied dates get slipped. Pigs especially...
Andrew has been discharged from the Navy and we sorely miss him, both as a dear friend and as a helper...also miss our nightly chats and glass of wine.
We REALLY need a DR brush mower, 17 hp to get more land cleared.
Now that our birds are about done I must get the siding project on the house done, the bilco basement door finished and the sliding glass door trimed.
A special thanks to Sheryl for her patience and understanding, and especially for putting up with my moods when the work load seems overwhelming...
We do have more special news to pass on but we are waiting to hear the results from a very special visit to a very special place.
A special thanks to all the family that helped us process turkeys, we did them by hand and took special care that everyone's birds were the best we could do. Thank you: Sheryl, Kevin, Jeff, Dad, Shawn, Amie, Elizabeth, Curt, Donna, Avery, Wyatt, Cody, Nora, Mel, Hunter and Morgan. We had a great breakfast and an even better lunch, plus being together as a family working on a project for others was a wonderful experience.
Thanks to John Carlton and Ch 61 Fox news for their wonderful presentation of our story, we will be burning some cd's for others to see and we are seeking permission to add this to our web site.
Thanks to Faith, Fern and Sally and all the folks at Ct public radio for a wonderful experience on the "Food Smooze", it generated lots of orders, wonderful e-mails and thousands of hits on our web site. I listened to the broadcast today for the first time and Faith sure did a great job of getting me to present our views, she is a gem both as a person and as a professional.