The Vegetable Garden

Roadside farmers' market in Bridgehampton, New...
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This is the time of year (well, maybe a little beyond it) when I get focused on planting my vegetable garden.  My wife and I both love summer tomatoes.  In fact, they’re one reason why we moved out of the city almost 30 years ago – we wanted to be able to grow and eat produce fresh out of the garden and there weren’t any farm stands in NYC then; neither was there space to grow one’s own. We’ve grown peppers of all sorts, tomatoes, eggplant, herbs, and other things depending on availably of plant stock and our mood.Over the last few years things have changed.  Now it seems as if there is a farmers market open every day around here.  Whole Foods has opened as well and while the latter is not as good as one’s own, it’s still better product than the supermarket and it’s always available.   While there is something to be said for the satisfaction of growing your own, it seems to me now that the time one spends weeding (no chemicals here, thanks), pinching, and caring for the plants  throws the cost/value equation off.  A trip to the farmers market yields better produce, it’s local, and it’s generally less expensive, even factoring in gas to get there and back.  Although the garden was a reason for us moving here a long time ago, circumstances have changed and outsourcing our garden might be a better solution now.

Which of course raises a business question.  What are you doing that you might need to rethink?  How have changes in your business circumstances made new options available and/or desirable?

Things change – have you?  Today we see business done by “virtual companies” in “the cloud” at quality levels that are indistinguishable from what one would expect from a big, highly-integrated company a few years ago.  A half dozen people who have only met virtually can collaborate on work now as easily as if they were locked in a conference room.  They may be more cost-effective and just a productive as your own staff.

Being in business is a constant process of asking questions.  Planting a garden is fine but for some of us it’s only a means to an end.  If there’s a better way to get to that end with the same or better results, I’m all for it.  Are you?

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