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  • For sale: My fig business and home for 2X next years projected sales

    I hope this posting doesn't offend anyone. But this is an opportunity that I want to offer first to the fig community. My fig business is positioned for big growth but at my age, pushing 80, I can't take that leap without help. So I think I'm going to sell and try to get a setup with a smaller greenhouse near my daughter in Colorado.

    I started selling 6 years ago on eBay, Sales the first three years were 10, 30, and 50K. I moved to figbid in June 2019. Thanks to my many wonderful customers, figbid sales since then total 205K with total sales averaging 85K as a three yr average. I've got probably three times as much wood now for cuttings as any past yr. So with decent rooting success, 50%+, sales could double next yr. That would be 170K sales and I'm asking 340K for 0.6 acres with a 32x54x16 ft greenhouse and 1100 sqft single wide manufactured home. I'd be willing to stay around until March if needed to help get the plants started and teach you what I know about selling and growing. By March you could have many thousands a week in income with few expenses. My best weeks have been 5K sales. Best month 22K.

    You can check on figbid to see what varieties I've been selling. The following will be new in 2022 or I'll have a lot more plants to sell of them: Black Manzanita, Martinenca Rimada, Raspberry Tart, CdA, Cardenillo. Jouelle Noire, Boysenberry Blush, Cosme Manyo, Rubado, CCN, WM#1, Crozes, Reculver, NSDC, Ondata, CdD Mutante, Conde, Es Torrente, Sbayi, Emalyn's Purple, Izmir, Iznot unk, Green Kalamata, Meteorito, BFF, Labritja, Exquisito, Thermalito, BNR, and Cessac. In total about 75 varieties for sale.

    Right now the greenhouse has 6 benches each 4x8ft. There are still two rows of peach and apricot trees in the greenhouse. My plan would be to remove those trees and add new benches which would double the area for holding and growing plants. The rest of the greenhouse is potted and in ground mother trees. I've expanded outdoor fig plantings but there is plenty of room outside to plant more.

    No state income tax in Texas and property taxes are $450 per yr for me. In this business capital costs and operating expenses are low compared to sales.

    I feel this is the right size business for a couple or single younger person. I can still grow a lot of plants or sell a lot of plants. The sticking point is March thru June when both need doing at the same time in order to expand the business. I'm no longer capable of that many hours in a day.

    I'm in a nice, quiet, safe neighborhood on the north side of Alpine Texas, NW corner of 5th and June if you can find a satellite view online. There are new custom built homes directly north and south of me. Mine is the smallest least expensive home in the neighborhood. But also the only one that will pay for itself.

    Bottom line from a business perspective the cost of the business is about half the total asking price. You could recoup most of that by selling what we could start this winter.

    PM me if interested in more details.
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    Alpine, Texas 4500ft elevation Zone 7
    http://growingfruit.org/

  • #2
    Good luck Steve !!! If only this was few hundred miles north
    Dallas,TX - Zone 8a - Follow me @thefarmingtales on Insta.
    WL - Angelito, El Sueno Yellow, Yellow Absheron, Fico Giallo, Tia Penya, Campaniere, Moro de Caneva, Cessac, Boysenberry Blush

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    • #3
      Best of luck.
      Guy A
      St Augustine Fl.
      Zone 9A.

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      • #4
        Incredible. It sounds like a dream for the right person! I hope you find a perfect buyer and good luck with your move to Colorado.
        Zone 10b, Long Beach CA
        Creator of The Original Wasp In Fly Out (WIFO) Bags
        Wish list: Bebera Branca

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        • #5
          Nice setup.
          Louisiana Zone 8/9. W/L Whatever fig I don't have.

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          • #6
            That's awesome
            Tom V
            San DiegoCa

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            • #7
              If you didn't want to move to be closer to your daughter, I would think that an alternative mode might be to hire some help to take over a lot of the grunt work. You've built up a lot of goodwill in the fig community, and I'm not sure that someone buying your set-up will have the same degree of success selling plants, even with your initial guidance. In any case I wish you the best of luck, it's about time you got a chance to truly retire, take life a little bit slower, and be closer to loved ones. I get the feeling Wills is looking at life right now with a similar mindset.
              Richard - San Diego 10a

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              • fruitnut
                fruitnut commented
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                I'll hire help and power thru another yr if necessary. With a great yr I could cut the price in half and still come out about the same. That may be what it takes and I have a lot of confidence that I can make a great yr out of 2022 if necessary. I've got a lot of great new varieties that will be in high demand.

            • #8
              I hope you find the right person to take on the home and the business. And best of luck with your upcoming move!
              “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
              – Source Unknown
              MA 5b/6a

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              • #9
                What an outrageous deal for someone who can take advantage of this!
                But its also sad at the same time that fruitnut has decided to hang up his boots.

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                • #10
                  Congrats on your success, my friend! It’s amazing to see and hear about the growth of your business over the last 6 years and wish you all the best on the next chapter.
                  Evan. Wish list - Any Mario variety
                  SoCal - Zone 10a & CO zone 5b

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                  • #11
                    Good luck to you
                    Ike
                    bergen county NJ 6b
                    Wish list: oh lets face it Ill take any variety I dont have!!

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                    • #12
                      Best of luck to you with your move and future endeavors! I hope you’re able to find someone to take over your operation

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                      • #13
                        Best of Luck Steve. Ove the years your advice and recommendations gave me confidence in growing different kinds of fruit trees. Wishing you good times, good health, and good friends & loved ones beside you in your retirement.
                        Wish list: Angelito, Bordissot Negra Rimada - BNR, Boysenberry Blush, Del Sen Juame Gran - DSJG,
                        Nuestra Señora del Carmen - NSDC, Paratjal Rimada

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                        • #14
                          Real nice of you to offer it up first here. 👍

                          Good luck to you.

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                          • #15
                            Some of my first trees came from you Steve.
                            I have always considered you to be very honest and a trustworthy seller.
                            Good luck with all your future plans!
                            https://youtube.com/channel/UCHHopi_E99OBvafBPEcF_pg
                            Zone 8B - Cottage Grove, Or
                            Wish List - Crema di Wheat

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                            • #16
                              Steve, best wishes and best of luck to you! This is an amazing opportunity that you are offering! And being willing to stay to help with a transition, truly generous. Being mentored and taught by Fruitnut...anyone would be lucky to learn from a master!
                              Randy
                              Northeastern TN. Zone 6b/7a. WL: Rigato de Salento, Thermalito, BNR

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                              • #17
                                Good luck!!!!
                                Cleveland South - Zone 5B.

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                                • #18
                                  You are my favorite fig man and you being in Texas is the cherry on top. Thank you for the trees I have been able to attain and for the input you give to the forum. It would be a dream come true if I could pull it off. The best I could offer is my help if you need transitioning when you find the right person. I'd it as an apprentice or whatever you see is fair. Just know that I'm here.
                                  Forest Hill, Texas: Zone 8a

                                  No wish list but open to trades and offers

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                                  • #19
                                    Best of luck Steve! You've built a great business there. -Andy
                                    SoCal, zone 10a

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                                    • #20
                                      Sounds like an amazing opportunity you’re offering! Even though this was just my first year in the fig life, I’ll be sad to see you move on, though I completely understand. I moved in with my dad after my mom died to help out with things, it just is a lot nicer to be with family sometimes. I hope all the best for you and your future plans!
                                      ░░░SoCal░ ░ ͡ i ͡ ░ ░Zone░ ░9A░░░

                                      W/L: La Joya, Ondata, Belvedere, Bebera Branca, Fico Giallo, Vernino, Asunta 5 Paco (DF)

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                                      • #21
                                        Best of luck Steve. Im so sad to know I might not get a chance to buy from you again and I hope you find the right person.


                                        MJ
                                        Chicago Zone 5
                                        Figbid Listings Varieties List

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                                        • #22
                                          fruitnut, as far as I’m concerned your a class act and I’m sure your excellent plants will be missed by many in the fig community. I wish you the best of luck in the “rectangle” state! I’d be happy to share with you the varieties that have worked well for me here in Durango. If you land close by I’d enjoy meeting up. Where in CO does your daughter live?
                                          Wish list. White Baca, 5 Terre A UNK, Kafe Te Jiate, Crozes, Angelito, TD Yellow Crinkle, Brown Sugar Crunch, Fig Jaune/Jaune d`Escoussans

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                                          • fruitnut
                                            fruitnut commented
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                                            She lives in Arvada. I'll only grow figs up there if I have a greenhouse. A one or two months harvest and shuttling potted figs around isn't too tempting after growing figs here with a 5-7 month harvest season.

                                        • #23
                                          Good luck Steve! It will be nice for you to be closer to family and take it easy.
                                          Zone 7B/8A Wake Forest, NC. Wish list - 1. To stop murdering fig cuttings. 2. To find the biggest, juiciest, cold hardiest, most delicious common fig in the world! (and not murder it)

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                                          • #24
                                            A good place! Clean and very spacious. Just right for those who want to live in a quiet place and do business without leaving home. I was looking for a satellite image, orientate for your beautiful pecan tree and greenhouse
                                            Андрей. N.-W. Кавказ, пень Абрау, 7б-8а

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                                            • #25
                                              Steve I have to admit a feeling of sadness at reading this, like the end of an era for those of us familiar with your top notch plants and all the sound advice you've shared over the years (hopefully that part can continue). At the same time I'm glad to know that you will have more time to relax and enjoy the closer company of a loved one. Best of luck!

                                              And I can't avoid mentioning what an excellent business write up you created in the OP. It will be a great opportunity for the right person and I hope that connection gets made. BTW I think Mark Cuban hangs his hat not to far from you and with your strong business numbers he might like to have you pitch it to the Sharks. That would be the coolest episode ever for all of us fignuts to watch!

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                                              Conrad, SoCal zone 10
                                              Wish List: More Land

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