Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
Locally Grown - Quality Farm Produce at Affordable Prices
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A Synopsis of the Produce Business

The success of any business depends largely on the clearness the entrepreneur conceives as to the aims and purposes which he is to attain. Many persons grow crops because their family grew them, because they know how to grow them, or because the land and locality are adapted to them. All three apply to me. This is okay; but it is better if the grower can also picture to himself the destination of the crops which he is to raise. That is, he should grow a crop for a distinct purpose. He should find his niche. At Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce, our niche is producing heirloom vegetables, sweet corn and locally grown food available for the local community.

Good farming, like any other business, is primarily a matter of ideals and principles. Vegetable gardening for an income is not an easy business. In fact, nothing is easy if it is worth the having. In the farm produce business, competition is great; the margin of profit is small; there are risks incident to season, diseases, insects, and marketing. Moreover, many of the products are quickly perishable. Most vegetables are used as staple necessities, not as luxuries; and the prices are therefore not high. Nearly every person who has a bit of ground in our rural area around Hinckley, grows a few vegetables. So when our tomatoes are in season, so are theirs. In most cases, earliness of crop is a prime requisite; and to secure the crop very early requires the closest attention to all the details of growing. One must find a dedicated customer; and this customer rarely takes pains to wait for the produce of one grower or to search for it in the market, for the vegetable supply is usually great: consequently, the small grower may have to work diligently to sell his vegetables.

In many cases, the vegetable farmer must keep long hours and must work hard, (Trust me, I work from no later than 7 in the morning till sometimes 9 at night). He must not expect much reward the first two or three years. He must learn his soil, market and climate. If he is a good grower and a good business man, he will succeed. If he is only a grower, he will probably not be very successful. Its like a good mechanic who opens a shop but knows nothing about managing a business; it many times results in failure.

There are many growers who make great profits from certain acreages of land, but they are usually old hands at the business, and they do not make equal profits every year on every acre. They know the market thoroughly. In certain cases, when competition is not severe, decent rewards may come to the novice; but these are exceptions. A niche crop well grown, or produced much ahead of the normal season or much behind it, may turn a handsome profit. High Tunnel and greenhouse products often bring fancy prices; but the risks are also great. Some of the best locations for small produce operations are in the neighborhoods of small cities, where competition is likely to be less severe than in the larger cities. Another great venue is a location or event where the grower may deal directly with the consumer. The grower who has a big farm, and enough capital to run it effectively, can set the market, and can grow sufficient product to bring a fair reward even at close margins. The person who likes the business, and who goes into it with a full appreciation of all the difficulties and discouragements, will almost always succeed. To this person, it is a most attractive business, for the returns are quick; and it is an inexpressible delight to bring forth a beautiful product at the exact time when it is desired by the consumer. Good vegetable production is an indescribable satisfaction.

 
 

Continued Preparations

As you can probably tell from recent blogs, I do a lot of research. I think it is important to be on top of the game with a bit of knowledge before ramrodding into a project. When I was a firefighter, one of the things I was taught, was that preparation is probably the most important thing one can do to be successful. I have taken that principle to heart in other areas of my life and it seems to hold true. With that being said, I have been preparing for weeks for the spring season which has involved research, reading, making lists and repairing machinery. Yesterday, my computer went out and I had to take it to the shop for repairs; so I was able to do a little reading in between working on some things in the shop. Moreover, as I was working in the shop, I started thinking about fertilizers again, and I thought I would do some more studying to determine what types I will use and how they will be applied.

The kind of fertilizer used has a noticeable influence on the character and quality of the vegetables produced. For the garden, only fertilizers that have been carefully prepared should be used. Fertilizers of organic composition, such as chicken manure, should go through the composting stage before being used.

In my opinion, for garden crops, there is no fertilizer that will compare with good, well-rotted manure. In selecting manure for the garden, care should be taken that it does not contain any element that will be injurious to the soil. An excess of sawdust or shavings used as bedding will have a tendency to produce sourness in the soil. Chicken, manure ranks high as fertilizer, and its value is somewhat greater than ordinary barnyard manures, and almost as great as some of the lower grades of commercial fertilizers. The manure from chickens is especially good for dropping in the hills or rows of plants.

As I mentioned above, planning and preparation are very important to success. In my opinion there is an infinite variety of places for the start of a garden. In particular, the beginning is in the mind, and from that source of schemes come forth the speculative layout and specifications. And this is a big task. I am trying to layout the entire garden plot on paper and I'm finding out that no matter how hard I work, it is easier said than done to see everything in order. I guess it will all come together. So, back to the drawing board!!


 
 

Another Year of Bountiful Blessings

Even though the business started in 2011, Bountiful Blessings brings a lot of experience to the table. The Wielert family has been involved in agriculture and horticulture for four generations. Ranging from cattle production, greenhouse operation and vegetable farming over the years, the Wielerts have been described by friends and neighbors as quality growers. Located five miles north of Hinckley, Illinois on McGirr Road, Wielert's Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce is situated on some of Illinois' most bountiful farm land. In the spring of 2011, after being prompted by his father, Jeff Wielert opened Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce to provide locally produced food in the local market. Jeff's parents, Allan and Bette Wielert help him to produce a top quality vegetable crop available on the farm and at other local sites. Their goal is to bring a healthy, delicious product to your table at an affordable price.

In 2012, Bountiful Blessings will be expanding to meet the needs of the local area. With over 10 acres of sweet corn and 10 acres of vegetables and pumpkins, Bountiful Blessings will continue to offer a top quality food product at affordable prices. Be sure to visit the farm or one of their stands this spring!


 
 
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