This past week Edward and Ruth Zimmerman delivered our sawmill. It was great to have the EZ-Boardwalk delivered to us by the inventor, designer and manufacture. Both Edward and Ruth provided our initial training so we think we got the best training possible. This mill is going to be a workhorse because it will be used for sawing all the timber for a pavilion over our outdoor pizza oven and the Farm Vacation Cabin Rental. Our plan is also to sell Timber Frame kits that can be delivered to a building site and assembled in just a couple days.
I enjoyed talking with Ruth Zimmerman, who does a lot of the customer support for their sawmill business, and particularly enjoyed hearing about her family. She has 9 children all who are entrepreneurs and self employed in family run businesses. Either the children help with the family sawmill manufacturing business, work growing crops on the farm or in the family vegetable garden, owner of a food co-operative or involved in building and selling wood boilers. The Zimmerman family grows corn, wheat, soybeans and strawberries. Ruth mentioned that their retail farmer market sales have declined, mostly because of their market not being well managed and with the start-up of new markets nearby, which are some of the same things we are finding here in Western NC. She said they are growing less for these markets and are now mostly focusing on strawberries.