Mountains? Plains? City? Country? 5 acres? 205 acres?
That’s about how clear we are on the whole thing. Mostly, we’re not sure. We’ve had some promising showings on our house, which is still for sale…but nothing’s final till we sign the paperwork at the closing table…so until then, we’re de-cluttering, getting excess ready to sell at a garage sale (we’ll let you know when it is), giving things to Goodwill and looking at properties online.
We’ve been debating…should we both get “real” jobs? Should we open a creamery like we’ve talked about? Should we buy land and build a house and barn? Should we buy land with a house and barn already built? Should we pitch a tent in a vacant field?
I’m drawn to opening a creamery, but I have to be sure I’m ready for the REAL amount of work entailed. And, since I already know I’m not, we have to be sure we can make enough money to pay a part time employee so we can actually have some time off.
Yesterday, I talked to two creamery owners…Jim from Hi Plains Dairy in Calhan, Colorado, and Christian at Blue Heron Farm in Field Store, Texas. Both agree that it is ALOT of work. Both have a huge demand for their product. In fact, a couple of days ago, Jim sold out of his skyr in 1 1/2 hours. We know there is a market for locally made artisan cheeses, and they are difficult to make from a tent pitched in a field. Hard to comply with regulations that way. Hmmm.
We’ll keep you updated on what we decide, and you can join us on our roller coaster decision making process if you’d like.
– The Goat Cheese Lady
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