Our biggest weekend yet
OK, it wasn't quite as dramatic as that ill-fated camping trip in remote West Australia when we spent eight hours trying to dig our 4WD out of a river while an electrical storm raged overhead, and Farmer Wan had to walk out the next morning to call for help from friends in Karratha, 100km away... but it was still pretty big.
Firstly, we had guests in the form of BLT, dear friends from Oz who we hadn't seen in six years. Their gorgeous little girl quickly made Buddy the Dog her willing slave.
Then, on Saturday, we launched Muntanui onto an unsuspecting public at Festival Nelson Lakes.
The Viva Muntanui! stall featured a select range of produce, mostly donated by kind souls who'd heard me moaning that I didn't have anything to put on it.
My unique sales patter ("Welcome to the Muntanui Festival! I don't know what all these other people are doing here but feel free to check out what we've got!") seemed to strike the right kind of note. Farmer Wan's more subtle approach was a huge hit as well. Meaning, people actually bought things.
After taking out the cost of the stall hire and the money owed to friends on whose behalf we'd sold stuff, we made a grand total of $30. Factor in the time we spent in the lead-up, not to mention the cost of the promotional material we had printed, and we're deeply in the red. So we're not going to do that 'factoring in' thang. At least, not for our very first market stall. We prefer to bask in the thought that we made 30 bucks. Yay!
The absolute wonderfulness of the weekend culminated in the arrival of a handsome, hairy, red-haired Scotsman called Hamish.
We've arranged for two Highland cows and their calves (a steer and a heifer) to join him in early February. We're also getting ten Wiltshire ewes, with a complimentary ram thrown in.
2012 is the year of livestock at Muntanui. It's the year we become proper farmers, rather than the glorified gardeners we've been over the last five months. This year, it gets serious.
Posted by Farmer Nik
25/1/2012 08:40:11 am
25/1/2012 08:54:20 am
Woohooo! Woooo Hooooo! That is exciting. I will take all your left over stock of helebores. That should make your $30 into $35. You're RRRRRRRICH! Rich I tells you.
25/1/2012 11:45:21 am
Hey ,$30 profit is pretty good! I thought I'd made $200 till I realised that I'd paid $230 for Hazel's airfare to come and mind the studio! Ah well.....So maybe the coffee is your shout this week.
There's far too much shouting in these comments. Some decorum please! Hamish reminds me of one of those surly teenagers with a way-too-long fringe going 'whatever.' Anyway, he's awesome. As is the Viva Muntanui sign. And $30. And generous friends. You're right it is worth a wahoo!
Hilary Van Eldik
26/1/2012 05:09:49 pm
Love it Nik..you're looking splendid. Made me grin from ear to ear..love from the West xxx
27/1/2012 04:27:23 am
Hamish is a spunk. Love the market stall, it will continue to flourish as your garden and farm grows and with the seasons. 30 bucks will buy a carton or three of cheap malborough sem sav blanc !!
28/1/2012 02:05:02 pm
You guys rock! Thanks for the comments, encouragement and giggles. Wish you could all be here to see it in person (except Jan, because you already are and you already can!).
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About Ewan and Niki
Scottish mechanical engineer with a deep and abiding passion for good food. Outstanding cook. Builder of lots of stuff. Cattle whisperer. Connoisseur of beer. A lover rather than a fighter.
Kiwi writer and broadcaster who hates cabbage, even though she knows it's good for her. Chook wrangler. Grower of food and flowers. Maker of fine preserves. Lover of dancing and wine. Definitely a fighter.