Organic Food Distributor
Organic Produce, Pure Food, Chemical Free, Fresh Picked, No Spoilage
(Seller's Discretionary Earnings)
included in asking price
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Highly profitable turn key business in the Paonia, Colorado area. You can run this business and still maintain a great lifestyle. The bulk of business is operated 5 months a year from June through October, and the current owner generally works 3 days a week. Sales are strong and there’s plenty of room for growth. Well established and recognized brand in the organic and pure food industry in Colorado. The business has been running profitably for 9 years. Owner makes a great income. It’s all set up and ready to go - owner will train and help with transition. The business is in the whole food, organic produce, farm-direct, sales and distribution industry. Make a difference for your customers selling pure, fresh picked fruits and vegetables, all without chemicals or GMO’s, and all from the North Fork valley.
The well-established customer base is made up of health conscious people and businesses throughout Colorado who love and need the purity and quality of the product. Owner will carry a note back if needed, but serious buyers will need to bring some cash to the table. Comes with all equipment needed. Priced to sell fast, so if this feels like a fit for you, don’t wait! Owner must sell because he's moving next Spring to take advantage of a new business opportunity.
The business is really two businesses operated in parallel. The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) side is a prepaid subscription membership. Each member receives a freshly packed box of produce each week during harvest season. The other side of the business is a wholesale order model. The wholesale price list goes out each week and orders are placed, produce picked, boxes labeled, trailer loaded and orders delivered. The business carries a small accounts receivable but most payments are received at time of delivery.
Many of our customers come to us because of serious health issues that are often helped by pure food, fresh produce, chemical free food - or a primarily vegetarian diet. This business was set up and has been run with a customer centric model. We have established, trusting relationships with every customer. Everything we sell is guaranteed. The customer is always treated the way we would want to be treated. We strive to never let the customer down.
The industrial model of food production has led to the deterioration of food quality, taste and nutritional density. Chemicals, additives, preservatives, sterilization, long-term warehousing and processing leave much of our food tainted and of little benefit to our bodies. This business is based on freshness, taste, nutrition, and purity. This food is not picked early and trucked across the country. We deliver produce often picked just 1 day before delivery! Customers can't wait to open the boxes. It is very difficult to acquire food this fresh and pure unless you have your own garden.
This business is directly connected to the owner's family farm. The owner's father has been farming since 1946. He is a pioneer in the world of soil health, plant health, chemical-free production, natural pest control, small block orchard design, diverse variety planting, and natural farming processes. The owner's mother is the "berry lady". She has perfected methods for raising the finest blackberries and raspberries grown at altitude. All customers are invited to tour the farm, talk with the farmer, and get to know exactly where there food is coming from. It is a great way to let people connect with those who grow their food.
This business is currently located in the picturesque North Fork Valley of the Gunnison river. Not only is it a wonderful place to raise a family, it features big mountain views, hiking, fishing, & biking. Paonia is known for hunting, climbing, snowmobiling, camping, & great schools. The valley is full of beautiful orchards, and vineyards in rich volcanic farmland. Paonia is a place where one can find beauty, peace, act
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Business is based in owner's home office. And accommodation at the family farm facilities are made so that one of the barns and coolers can be utilized one day a week. This business can be relocated anywhere in Colorado with an internet connection but living in this valley will be better.
Sale includes a desk, desktop computer, printer, filing cabinet, fax machine, digital scale, 14' dual axle enclosed insulated trailer, and 2016 Dodge Ram pickup.
Other CSA programs are available in the state. But it is rare to find a model that offers fruit and vegetable options.
The corporate model of grocery supply such as Whole Foods and Natural Grocers compete for the organic food market. But their long transport distances, warehousing of food and impersonal approach to the food supply is a turnoff to many people.
Gardeners can provide themselves with fresh produce but altitude and weather prevent growing of fruit and certain vegetables in Colorado.
Expansion into existing markets and new markets
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The owner is not savvy to social media and does not participate, even on a personal level. Huge opportunity abounds online.
Online ordering and payment is the next step to efficiency that will allow one person to operate this business by themselves. And an online platform is already available for this.
Micro brewers are clamoring for fresh fruit with high brix and bold flavor for beers. This opens up opportunity to market seconds and processor grade fruit.
Garden shops and nurseries are a ripe market as do-it-yourselfers discover the impossibility
About the Sale
- Reason For Selling:
To take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity managing a dude ranch in
One week of system training. Two weekly delivery route ride-alongs. Training on website maintenance. Introduction to suppliers. CSA packing a couple cycles.
Because this business operates hand-in-hand with the owner's parent's farm, it is of utmost importance that the new owner succeed. It is imperative that the farm has someone to market their produce.
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