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NIKKI AUSSCHNITT, 72 AND STEVE KRIEG, 65 | $100,000 sales per year
"We reap the rewards of the great outdoors."
Home: Yorkville, Calif.
Previous Life: Visual artist (Nikki) and attorney (Steve)
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How they did it: We sold the surplus from our kitchen garden to the farmers market; then we got serious about going commercial.
What they learned: Produce we couldn’t sell would often go to waste. This taught us the value of adding preserved foods like jams.
What you need to know: Financial planning is very important. We pay employees and cover most costs, but live off other income.