You start a project with excitement and people around just move with interests and lack of word and commitment. And now I wonder which is the problem… Am I too young? Is it because I am a girl? Do I trust people too much? Are we farmers too naive?
After all the love we have put in growing our pumpkins, the soil gave us back its love with great results in quality and amount. After harvesting we stored our delicious and spoilt pumpkins in boxes. We were super excited to be able to start selling them. We had analysed a couple of them and they came out to be in optimum conditions in all the aspects; Colour, taste and great properties. So our dream was coming true. We managed to grow a great product and now we could give some families who believe in healthy food the opportunity of having them.
So I start calling the companies and supermarkets who had shown interest in our product. One had promised me a price and is giving me half of the price now once they are ready. The other said they would buy us, as much pumpkins as we would grow… I knock the door now and it is only excuses to avoid even a meeting. The next one will not even bother in listening to your proposal, they prefer buying cheaper/less quality product to a distributor but then they appear on magazines saying they value “proximity products” and organic food from local farmers.
Yeap… this is life.
I don’t know the answer to my questions about which is the problem. The only thing I know is that our product is wonderful and super healthy. So I won’t give up. I will continue selling in the small shops and restaurants who have trusted us since the first day and we might be setting a market stand until our pumpkins are all sold out and have meet our goal; to reach some lucky families who value our product.
We are ready for the next stage!
Photography by Mercè Rial