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The Home Marketplace

It feels a little peculiar to switch the face of your home from something quaint, tended and private to something quaint, tended and public. It doesn’t take much to suddenly feel like there are too many spots on the windows or pieces of litter on the walk that otherwise, no one would be close enough to see without first knowing you. Opening your home to possible scrutiny, even just the face of your home, can leave you feeling “twitchy.”

The Great Time of Many Eggs is fast approaching and we’ve received word that fifteen production layer chickens are en route. Chickens and ducks closed last year with frightfully small yields of eggs to sell. After a diet change and some new additions to the flock, egg production threatens to be wonderously high; new ‘retail’ outlets are called for. This one, out of a home in Montgomery County, Maryland, is displaying the first draft of a handmade sign advertising Organic and Local chicken eggs. The need to sell is so important that there wasn’t time enough to finish coloring and running off prints before posting the news to neighbors.

Change doesn’t always come from within

The Home Marketplace

At the ready, eggs and change. Should strangers happen by lured by the adorable handmade sign, you wouldn't have to give up any more privacy than having them stand right at the door to your new marketplace which used to be your anonymous, non-descript home.

The vulnerability of telling strangers they can pop by any time is the first hurdle, the second is actually providing for them. Change comes from a glass jar by the door which points to the second hurdle: Business. It sure is nice to treat hyperlocals to farm fresh chicken eggs, there’s a variety of colors from different breeds of hen and the conversation is mostly going to center on egg-knowledge, but does it make business sense to drive several dozen eggs an hour around the Capital Beltway?

The math is simple – a round trip is nearly a quarter tank of gas and a full tank is around $30 bucks. Each dozen is marked up a buck. So thirty dozen eggs will pay for a tank of gas. This trip, eight dozen came back (one already sold). With a wild number of production layers scheduled to reach the height of egg making in about three months and a score of hens already producing, cartons will climb to nearly 25 a week from ten last week. It makes business sense because it’s about reach not profit.

So privacy is just sort of a nice memory and respect from the neighbors will come back in the same way it’s given; change at the door, a smile and an invitation to recycle gently used cartons next time. For now, the spots on the window aren’t really so bad. Best foot forward! Get those eggs to the people!

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