Ok well maybe not exactly profit but at least supplemental income to help support our farm efforts. Obviously the hay business is not for us. Our plan is to take 4-5 acres and fence it in for pasture. So what after that? I'm pretty sure I want to do pastured broilers and layers...those are pretty easy with low overhead. I'm debating goat herd milk shares but I'm still not sure what I need to do to get started. I mean obviously we need goats and milk jugs and grass but do I need any kind of licensing or special equipment? What if we get a cow and do cow shares? I know to sell our own cheese I pretty much am out of luck until we have the kind of money that will allow me to purchase full on dairy equipment. I know I'd like to try to do a small CSA eventually but I need at least another year to work out the issues with nutrient deficiencies in the land first.
An idea I'm considering for the spring farmer's market is selling baked goods. So far my breads get raved reviews and at the church bake sale they sold pretty fast at $4/loaf. I could also do jellies and pickles I believe without a special kitchen as long as its through the farm market. I think if I tried it otherwise I'd have to set up a commercial kitchen. Another idea would be to make soaps from the goat milk and also I've been making dishwasher and laundry detergent...maybe I could sell versions of that too?
So much spinning about in my head, I really hope something will clearly come through as the right path. Might be a whole lot of trial and error next year...actually I can promise that!