I got a buddy who has an agg type business. I wont go into what he produces or sells because its irrelevant. I have told him to come on here and look around.
His main product, I believe, he will start selling at farmers markets next year, I think thats part of his plan. They are expanding the main portion of their business. They are also getting into supplying a few restaurants/specialty grocery stores with their product.
He has 1-1.5 acres available to be tilled and setup as a "garden". We have discussed setting this up and growing super hots to then also take to the farmers market to sell. It wouldnt cost a ton of money to get it all setup. They are on well water so thats basically a free cost. Irrigation would probably be via long runs of PVC with holes drilled in it. I believe he has access to a large tiller type machine, so tilling cost would be basically free.
We have discussed plant spacing of 18-24" in rows that are 4' apart. At 24" spacing that gives us roughly 100 plants per row and ~50 rows @4' spacing... based on a square acre being roughly 200x200. Unless my math is way off. Thats 5000 plants give or take...
I dont know if the desire is there to make hot sauces or powders or just try to sell fresh pods to either sauce/powder makers or to individuals at farmers markets.
I'm really not sure what kind of questions we have at this point, its just an idea floating in our heads and looking for any feedback or thoughts people might have.
The land is located in the 6a/6b zone so growing season is roughly April-October.
Like I said, our "thoughts" are that there wouldnt be much money invested into it(mainly irrigation) and the time suck would be mainly getting it started and obviously harvesting.
Is this a "viable" business if the land is just sitting?
Beyond the farmers market angle, is there a market to sell fresh pods to sauce/powder makers?