The gravel road to the farm is a slip and slide affair after the rain and this makes a trip into town quite and adventure.
We started to harvest the Proteas and fynbos for the market in Johannesburg.
It was quite an effort to get the harvest organised. Jan and a team of pickers pick the flowers in the mountain and in the pack house another team trim the leaves and make bunches and pack in the cartons.
We then fly it into Johannesburg where it is delivered to the Multiflora market and put on auction.
The flowers are auctioned on a clock system and auctions take place every day of the week. During the auction trolleys filled with buckets of flowers are pulled through auction room where buyers can see the flowers. An auctioneer then puts a price on the clock and bidders then bid for the product and the quantities they need. The clock is similar to the one shown below.
The following information is displayed:
1. Number of containers still available from the same party
2. Number of stems or bunches per container
3. Grade of flowers being sold
4. Price where on the buyer, displayed in 5, stopped the clock
5. Number of the current buyer
6. Trolley number
We are so blessed to live on a farm so abundant with natural gifts.