Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs
Growing & Selling
Sandie Shores, Author
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Author Bio Biographical statement from the author of Growing and Selling Fresh Cut Herbs.
Like so many people today, I wanted to make a living from my home. After much market research I started Herb's Herbs in 1985. My goal was to sell fresh-cut herbs to restaurants and supermarkets in my local area, Rochester, MN. The first two years were spent trying to figure out how to do this for there was not very much published information available about the business and growing of fresh-cut herbs on a commercial scale.
In 1987 I put up a large greenhouse and began business in earnest. In a short time I had all the accounts in Rochester and the surrounding area that used fresh-cut herbs. A second greenhouse allowed me to grow year round and supply my accounts continuously.
During the growing season I grew 10,000 plus potted herb plants (150 varieties) to wholesale to local nurseries and to sell at my booth at the Rochester Farmer's Market. I taught herb gardening and herb cooking classes for community education in Rochester as well as at several nurseries in the surrounding communities.
In 1994 a profile of my business was included in Bertha Reppert's book GROWING YOUR HERB BUSINESS (a fine book for those wanting to open an herb shop). Following the release of this book I received many letters from people all around the country asking a multitude of questions about how to start and run a fresh-cut herb business. This, coupled with continued articles in herb and vegetable trade magazines about the lack of information on this subject, prompted me to consider filling the information void.
In 1995 I sold my farm and business (but not my business name, Herb’s Herbs) to concentrate on writing Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs. Storey Books published this book in January 1999. It was 453 pages in hardcover. Ball Publishing, a division of Ball Horticulture, published the second edition in 2003. This is still the only comprehensive reference available for starting and running a fresh herb business.
I speak at grower conferences for universities and grower organizations around the country teaching others about the business of growing and selling fresh-cut herbs.
In addition, I am available as a consultant to those that desire a hands-on approach to setting up their fresh-cut herb businesses.
I also continue to teach herb
gardening and cooking with herbs classes locally and around the country
as well as Community Education in Rochester Minnesota. It is great fun
helping others to learn how to grow and use the versatile culinary
With my business Herb's Herbs, I retired from many years of selling at the Rochester (MN) Downtown Farmers' Market. I continue growing and selling chemical-free fresh herbs, and potted herbs and vegetables transplants seasonally from my farm near Zumbro Falls (MN) and at gourmet stand-alone produce store in Rochester Minnesota.
I am in the process of writing
two additional books for the professional grower and one for the home
gardener. Stay tuned. You will read it here first!
As a person who loves to have variety in life, I have another passion besides being a professional grower! In February of 2002 I found myself over loaded with antiques, collectibles and quality household items from family and my for-fun diversion of treasure hunting at garage sales. It seemed that selling these things on eBay would be a great idea. And it was!
I love recycling and taking
items that are no longer wanted and putting them into the hands of
someone who will cherish them. Making friends around the world is a
great side benefit of being an eBay seller. It is truly a worldwide
I am a Registered Trading Assistant on eBay and sell items for others, especially the elderly and those in need of liquidating physical assets. It is one small way that I can help others and give back for my many blessings.
Feel free to take a look at my
seller page-you might find something interesting!