Honey Farm For Sale!
Marshall’s Farm Honey is FOR SALE (the Land and Business). Please read and share this post with everyone in the S.F. Bay Area that you know and every environmentalist (and environmental group) that you know! Thank you. Please also share in any food groups or Bay Area groups on social media too! It would be magical if this could go viral! 😉
Save The Bees, Save The World?
BUY A HONEY FARM IN NAPA VALLEY (American Canyon, “The Gateway to Napa Valley”) AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE (& also help me further my Lead Poisoning Prevention Advocacy at the same time). “EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Honey Farm For Sale in Napa!”
YES, Bay Area Peeps – this is MY FAMILY BUSINESS, the legendary Marshall’s Farm Honey – whose fans and notable credits include:
- Mythbusters (they filmed an episode at the farm – the one with the bees and the laptop!)
- Jerry Seinfeld and the cast and crew of Bee Movie (I understand they used my mom as a resource and also came to the farm to do some of the drawings that eventually contributed to what became the honey farm in the film – and after the film was done, Jerry gave everyone who worked on it a jar of our honey as a gift)
- Peter Coyote is a friend and fan of the farm (see video from Peter linked here);
- Susan Sarandon is a fan (Mom showed me some emails years back when her personal chef ordered some of our honey for her – Mom was so proud when that happened!);
- Wolfgang Puck (celebrity chef fan of our honey – I’ve been told) – along with other celebrity chef and restaurant fans:
- Alice Waters (Chez Panisse – Marshall’s Farm Honey is a favorite of her dessert chefs);
- Bradley Ogden and the Lark Creek Inn;
- Emeril Lagasse (he filmed an entire episode of his Emeril Green show using Marshall’s Farm Honey);
- Thomas Keller (long-time celebrity-chef fan and owner/chef of The French Laundry);
- The Fairmont Hotel (we have bees on their roof!);
- Martha Stewart (she was one of the first celebrities to ask my mom for an interview a couple of decades ago – there’s a good story behind that actually…), and truly countless others!
What else is special about Marshall’s farm honey?
- Our honey is Kosher, all-natural, only lightly filtered and unheated raw honey.
- Our honey has been used by the State of California as the LITERAL gold-standard for honey: When the state wants to determine whether or not imported honey is really honey – they use laboratory tests to compare it to Marsha’’s Farm honey (as the standard for what real honey is!)
- We are a recognized trusted brand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Hollywood and beyond – known (like in point 2 above) for our honey being the absolute best in quality and flavor.
Why is the farm for sale?
It’s been more than three years since my mother (Helene Glickfeld Marshall) passed away and – Spencer (my stepfather, the beekeeper) at 76 years old really needs some help restoring the business back to where it was before mom died. Spencer also needs to rest from the physical operations work (and sooner than later needs to retire). My sister and I are co-owners of the farm with Spencer and are each up to other things with our lives and our families.
What do you have in mind?
Who should buy the farm?
How much is it?
- Ideally, we are looking for a buyer or buyers (or business partners) who can close in 60 days or sooner, if at all possible (or by the end of the year at the latest.)
- As Spencer would like to stay part-owner of the business and farm, a best-case scenario would be for someone to buy the 50% of the land that belongs to me and my sister and to buy the 25% of the business that belongs to me… and I would be happy to discuss the details of that with anyone who might be interested.
- Please bear in mind we just closed the listing with a broker and we had the land alone listed for $2,999,999 and got a full price offer shortly after the listing went live last December (2018).
- The offer fell through just now (September 2019) because the prospective buyer wanted to destroy the land and organic gardens that Spencer has spent nearly 20 years building. He was looking in to getting a variance to bull doze everything and develop the land by covering it with a storage facility, but he learned (after an inquiry with the city) that this variance would not likely be granted.
- So on a lot of levels (especially from an environmental & farmland preservation perspective), we are actually happy that the deal did not go through – but we need to move forward quickly and find a partner (or partners) if the legacy of the widely celebrated Marshall’s Farm Honey is going to be saved for future generations (future generations of bees and future generations of people.)
- The land is being sold separately from the business. My sister and I would entertain having someone buy our half of the land and then also buy into the business to help keep the business going and to expand operations (& profitability) to what they were before my mom passed away.
- Our goal is to settle for no less than a purchase price value of $2,500,000 for the land. Someone purchasing only half of the interest in the 4.5+ acres in Napa Valley could do so for $1,250,000 – a portion of which would go to pay off “our half” of the mortgage. Spencer would still be responsible for the remaining mortgage. The remainder of which would be split between me and my sister (as our inheritance from our late mother). OR If that person assumed half of the mortgage (through whatever legal vehicle there is to do so) they would (only?) have to come up with about $1,000,000 to buy our half of the land.
- The business (separately from the land) was last appraised for just over $1,000,000 before my mom’s death (without a separate third valuation for the brand) and for someone to buy 51% of the business to take it over and save it (25% from me and 26% from Spencer) – we would consider reasonable offers significantly below the last business appraisal as that would take into account the need to build the business back up to what is was before my mother passed.
If you have any interest in buying my family’s all-natural, KOSHER honey business and/or the 4.5+ acres of prime commercial real estate that it sits on (in American Canyon – the Gateway to Napa Valley – on prime commercially zoned real estate that is right across the main road from Walmart), please text me: 415-609-3182 or email me: TamaraRubin@mac.com.
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Selling this land (and the business too) – or finding a partner for the business and the land – will make everything come together for my family (all of us – including my stepfather, the beekeeper (Spencer), and my sister.
As 25% owner, the sale of the land will provide me with the funds (just enough!) that I need to repay everyone who has helped me with my legal battle (defending my advocacy) in the past 3+ years. (For those new to my work you can read about the legal battle here.) It will also help us keep our house (where our kids have lived for almost 13 years, now – virtually all of their lives!). It will also make it so we can all (all four boys plus the two of us!) get 3+ years of deferred dental work done (the whole family) — and we can try to start over in our life, in so many areas. So any help you can offer in finding us a buyer for the property will help me tremendously.
The sale of the Land and the business will even generate a chunk of the funds needed to finish some BIG projects (the Movie? my Book?) that have been pending for a LONG time — projects that will help hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people to protect their children from Lead exposure in their homes and environments. [You can watch the trailer to my documentary film here: http://www.MisLEADMovie.com.]
….PLUS HEY, if you buy the land AND the business, you will not only help save a top-notch honey business (a well respected and beloved San Francisco Bay Area institution – in fact) — you will also be playing a part in literally saving the world (the food chain & life on Earth) by continuing a business that helps to cultivate and nurture bees through microclimate honey farming!
Here’s an idea?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if one of the legends of film and food mentioned above stepped forward and saved our farm and family business from disappearing from the Bay Area (and the world) forever….
People interested can contact me at TamaraRubin@mac.com or 415-609-3182. It is best to text first and I will call you back (because I have disabled kiddos who are often very noisy). #FunFact: FYI – I did the design-work and layout for the Marshall’s Farm Honey label for the jars for my mom… 23+ years ago!
Lead poisoning prevention activist
Helene’s Younger Daughter
PS: if there’s anyone out there who wants to make a loan to MY business, Lead Safe Mama, LLC (so I can hire more help and grow and expand what I am doing [protecting kids from lead poisoning] – & yes so I can finish important projects sooner rather than later!) I can repay them with the sale of the honey farm when it eventually sells. 🙂 Thank You.