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2019 Review


So far I have written this blog three times, trying to find the perfect way to summarize 2019. It hasn’t been an easy task to summarize an entire year that seemed to go by in a flash and also has so many little pieces in it.  I am going to do my best to be concise, which many of you know, is not my strong suit.

The Start of 2019

My plan in 2019 was to focus on the website and online sales, something I wanted to do to create more time for myself and the ability to not be on the road as much.  It didn’t happen that way. By in large the website was neglected as I got continually more busy running delivery routes, launching a new brand, and running a monthly farmers market. Soon my entire day was gone, so I started waking up between 4-5am to take advantage of the dead hours when everyone else is asleep. Initially this allowed for me to finish by 3pm or so.  Then festival season hit, wholesale shows, a co-packing deal and now it was 5am wake up and 7-9pm finishing, come home, eat, sleep, do it again.

In the midst of all this craziness my landlord and friend Mr. Roger Bickham passed away in May. He had been a huge help to me and the company over the 5 years I had known him.  It was after his death that I started to really think about why I was running myself so ragged pursuing something 20 years in the future and not enjoying my life now.  Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. I don’t mind long hours, but there is a point where I was losing whatever was me and at the same time, missing time with my family.  So shortly after his passing we scheduled a family vacation for this year 2020, something that hasn’t happened in over a decade, complete with grandkids and all.  Pretty sure there weren’t even grandkids around the last time this happened.

Grand Pets May Come Too

The grand animals may sneak in too

So moving forward into 2020 I plan to take a step back, to grow intentionally, and to only follow the paths that make the most sense.  Essentially to make a plan and not stray from it, to learn from failures over the last 7 years, and to bring in new people to expand.  Because the biggest lesson learned from 2019, is that it is not possible for me to do it all on my own.  I am not going to bore you guys now with what I have planned for 2020, but do signup for our email list and we will be sending out monthly updates with new products, limited run and specialty items. 
So I guess that does kind of give you an idea of my plan for 2020.  Thanks for all the support over the last seven years. Without you guys there is no Grumpy Man, so here is to a happy new year and a new decade. Stay grumpy.

1 comment


  • Floyd Dunphey

    I live in Picayune. I used to buy your salsa at Jubilee in Pearl River, but now I can’t find it. Where can I buy your salsa.


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