Farming has been in my life for as long as I can remember.
From the simple tomato that is grown on my patio to a full-fledged homestead with a workshop, I’ve tackled it all. It comes with its share of aches and pains, cuts and bruises, gains and losses but it’s all worth it to have a life of (near) self sustainability.
At the marketplace, I see the real deal on how the economy and the demographic is rapidly changing. More and more black customers are demanding fresh, organic foods for themselves and their children. They are tired of seeing the Wendy’s, tired of smelling the fried chicken and sick of not having options.
Yesterday, a black female customer almost ran over to me to tell me how refreshing it was to see a black female homesteader. She talked and talked about how things need to change with us and seeing me was proof that change is possible.
I told her that we do exist, quite a lot of us actually, but we’re so spread out all over the country in these little “pockets” that it seems we’re non existent. I advised her to seek out black owned shopping websites to buy from us. Just this Friday, I ordered an awesome CUSTOM summer dress from an Afrikan woman living in London.
I’ve seen black coffee roasters/ brewers, bee keepers, spinach farmers, artists and chefs. We’re EVERYWHERE and in ALL areas. But we need more people to cater to a specific market.
This is where you come in, Black Family.
Ever heard of Visiting Nurses?
How about Merry Maids?
Well, ever thought about Renta-Chef?
As more and more people get older and have disabilities, they’re gonna need help with meal prep, snacks and full on cooking! Some folks suffer from such severe social anxiety that going to the supermarket is almost terrifying. And factor in a busy mom/ dad who has to work longs shifts, the last thing on their minds is coming home to cook a full meal for a family of 6.
This is where Renta-Chef comes in.
You can grow your own vegetables yourself, or buy them from a black farmer in your area. You prepare the meals:
- In your own kitchen and deliver it to said family/person or…
- In the customer’s home
You’ll need heavy duty take out tins and a heat bag.
Similar to the ones that the pizza delivery companies have. You negotiate the price depending on the foods made and factor in delivery costs. You can offer:
Vegetarian / Vegan meals
Diabetes/ High blood pressure meals
Last year, I bought a small sausage maker/ meat grinder. The good kind ( don’t skimp on price). I always wanted to try my own turkey/ roasted pepper/ spinach sausage but was intimidated by the process. The first batch came out ok. The second was better and more flavourful. The third was da bomb! Now my family throws hints that they need grilled sausage soon or they’re not gonna make it.
You can offer pre-made meals that just need to be popped in the oven for the family’s convenience like:
Sausages with rice/ pasta. The varieties are enough to make you dizzy
Casseroles. Again, this sub-specialty can include lasagna, tuna, mac and cheese, etc, etc…
Talk it out with your client and be professional and patient with them. Get business cards and look clean and tidy. No one wants to buy food and eat from someone who is unkempt. When I go to the market, my hair is always neat, my apron is washed and ironed and my fingernails are clean and short. Make sure you carry yourself well and mannerly. You are a representation of your business so EVERYTHING counts! Also, this may sound silly but when talking to clients, DO NOT talk to them while texting, yelling at your kids or chewing gum.
A woman lost a sale from me once by yelling at her children while she was on the phone with me. Give me your full attention or I’ll take my money elsewhere.
Try this out, Black Family.
Everyone knows you can cook and we are the most diverse cooks on the planet!