Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Busy Spring Season

I can't believe how fast the time has gone since I last blogged. It has been a mad circus of keeping plants healthy, processing orders, pulling plants for orders or taking to the Chattanooga Market and then shipping plants early each week. Take a breath and then let it all start all over again the next week. Normally wholesale plant season wraps up by the middle of May. All of the nurseries have their orders in and shipments are usually on their way no later than the first of May even to the farthest portions of the country. This year is different. We are getting more last minute orders or orders that need to turn around in less than a week. We have several of these orders yet to go with the last one going out the middle of June. The greenhouses are going to look mighty empty after that. A good thing.

We have been having a grand time each week at the Chattanooga Market. We began the season on April 26th with a double booth. Expectations were high for opening day but the crowds even impressed the market manager with their huge numbers. We capped out for the first time since we started there. Capping out is when you reach the sales number set by the market. After you cap out everything you sell is all profit. The three weeks since then have set record sales for us as well. We're just shaking our heads in amazement. The number one herb that everyone is buying? Why, basil of course! Followed by Rosemary, Pineapple Sage, Tarragon and Bay. There are going to be awful lot of pretty herb gardens in Chattanooga and the surrounding area in a few short weeks. We're looking forward to the rest of the spring season and the surprises it seems to be holding for us.