This is somewhat difficult for me to illustrate, but ill give it a go.
Ive been a beekeeper for 4 years now.
First 2, i didnt rob any honey and just expanded and sold a few nucs to help expand.
3rd year i got 5 gallons, but messed up and it was too moist and didnt sell any til i moisture down. But i did give a small bit away to neighbors and family and told them to consume it quickly as i didnt want it to ferment on them.
Going into my 4th year, i had about 3 gallons of year before stuff that was now dry enough, plus i got another 150 pounds my 4th year that was at 16% and ready to bottle and sell.
So, that was a total of about 180 pounds give or take, that i had last year for sale. I set up a couple times at the local market and advertised on craigslist and all my local facebook sites. I had cinnamon buttered honey and spicey hot infused honey advertised also, but neither of them sold , so i ended up giving that away.
My prices are $8. Lb. And price goes down to $19. quart
I finally got a permanent farmers market lady with a small store to take my honey and sell it for me last fall. She has sold about 15 pounds since last october. I had also had my sister selling for me, but it wasnt local and she sold the most at about 70 pounds. And then there is me at markets and home, ive sold about 20 pounds total.
So, its been a full year and ive sold just over 100 pounds.
My sister and I have given some away to help promote sales, but it really didnt work. So, i have about 20 pounds left.
I bought bear and classic squeeze bottles and i also put it in mason jars. The jars are gone and i have about 20, 1# squeeze bottles left. I bought nice labels and everything looked nice and professional from the very beginning.
So my question is, is 100 pound sale for a year a fail?
I invested in a extractor, labels and jars. I am very clean and extract in a kitchen, not a dirt floor barn like ive seen in videos. But, sales are slow. So slow, im thinking of calling honey production quits and concentrate soley on nuc sales, as i can sell out of them quickly. Its only 150 bucks, but if i produce 10 thousand dollars worth of honey and cant sell it, its money on the shelf.