Wen Ming did not have bad appearance or temperament. When he was young, he also accompanied the young master of Wen family to study so although he had no reputation, his knowledge was still there.
After marrying Wen Yingniang, he came out to make a toast with a comfortable appearance, so many people in Fucheng had a good feeling about him.
Zheng Yi also praised him: “I think this Wen Ming is much better than that Liao Qinghe so him willing to marry Wen Yingniang and marry into her family is really a bit unexpected.”
If it was him it would be impossible to marry Wen Yingniang.
But. . . taking a look at Jiang Zhen and thinking that Jiang Zhen had done something similar to that Wen Ming, Zheng Yi felt that this Wen Ming was also good.
That Wen Yingniang although married before was at least better looking than Zhao Jinge, her dowry was also generous.
“He likes Wen Yingniang.” Jiang Zhen said, glancing at Zhao Jinge.
Zhao Jinge froze, suddenly understanding Jiang Zhen meaning.
Wen Ming was willing only because he liked Wen Yingniang, Jiang Zhen . . .. . . also liked him.
Zhao Jinge felt like he was eating honey, only his heart felt even sweeter than honey.
At this time, Jiang Zhen discussed with Zheng Yi salt farm and agreed to go to the former Hongjiang Salt Farm tomorrow and have a look at the Changhe Salt Farm now.
Zheng Yi wanted to help Lord Yang deal with the salt farm affairs so the salt farm could produce salt as soon as possible, but Jiang Zhen wanted to build a dock on the land that Zheng Yi found for him first.
In this way, Jiang Zhen no longer had enough money on his hand. fortunately, he took on a big deal – helping the Changhe Salt Farm transport salt. After that, the Qingfeng Building in Fucheng would also open. . .
Wen Ming intended to stay with the Wen family so Jiang Zhen digging did not succeed, but he did not try to force it. The next day, he took Zhao Jinge and Zhao Mingzhu, followed Zheng Yi to the seaside by ship.
A few months ago, there was a large-scale fighting at the seaside, in which many people died, but by now nothing could be seen of it here.
The bones of the deceased were nibbled by animals or rotted. Finally becoming the fertilizer for the earth, except for the trees that become more lush, not a trace was left in this world.
Zhao Jinge was here so Jiang Zhen did not talk about the hardships at that time, but talked about some interesting things he encountered here, such as someone went to the seaside to find edible shells and was accidentally besieged by crabs, or they fell asleep at night and it suddenly rained, so they had to wake up and find a place to hide from the rain.
Zhao Jinge did not laugh, but he felt some tingling in his eyes, only he restrained himself and did not show it.
Jiang Zhen made it sound easy but he could he could hear how hard Jiang Zhen days at the seaside were. It was still very cold at that time so when Jiang Zhen and others were caught in the rain he couldn’t even imagine how uncomfortable it was.
“Jiang Zhen, you said you had a new method of making salt. What is it?” When they arrived at the Changhe Salt Farm, Zheng Yi asked.
“Sun-drying salt.” Jiang Zhen said.
Jiang Zhen had been to the seaside before and knew how all the sun-dried salt were made, so now he told it all in detail.
In fact salt that was boiled was more pure but the sun dried salt was really convenient to make and people actually did not mind little impurities in the salt—the official salt sold by the court in the past, was even deliberately mixed with sand.
However, if you wanted to sun-dried salt you would still need some technical support. Why didn’t anyone try to sun-dried salt before? It is not because of lack of suitable containers?
After Jiang Zhen talked about how to build a bank on the beach, he directly found some people to try to dig out a piece of salt.
At this time people were hard-working and obedient, so only five days later the first batch of salt come out.
After seeing the salt, Lord Yang, who had been staying in in the south of the Yangtze River and would be in charge of the Changhe Salt Farm, got a little excited and asked: “What do you think, how should we sell this salt?”
“Everyone has to eat salt so it is better to have a lower price. It would also be beneficial to the Empress Dowager.” Jiang Zhen said; he was hoping that the price of salt would come down.
At this time, people actually used salt in a lot of places. In the absence of refrigerators, meat could only be preserved by pickling, but salt was too expensive.
It was impossible to make salt as cheap as it was in modern times, but six or seven a kilo could actually earn you a lot of money.
The Empress Dowager also hoped to win the hearts and minds of the common people by calming down the rising price of salt so lord Ying after a little thought, intended to take advantage that those salt merchants were suppressed at this time and sell affordable official salt.
After making sure that there was no problem with the salt drying, he took the ship sent by the Wen family and went to the island where Zhu Erlin and others were housed.
Zhu Erlin and others has lived on the island for a long time, although they didn’t lacked food or drinks they always felt a little uneasy so seeing Jiang Zhen arrive they almost cried in joy.
Then, they learned the good news—they could go back.
Under the control of Hongjiang Salt Farm, even if the lives of those people was very bad they had lived there for generations, and they are more accustomed to that live that the one they had on this island so naturally, they were looking forward to going back.
Jiang Zhen brought everyone back in turns this time.
The place Jiang Zhen chose to build the dock was the cliffside village that he had visited last time and saved people. The terrain here was perfect for building a dock.
Tens of thousands of people first simply built their own homes nearby and then began to build docks. Although no agreement was signed, almost all of them acquiesced that they would follow Jiang Zhen and work very hard.
Also Jiang Zhen did not treat them poorly, not only they had enough to eat and drink, he even given them a pork to eat.
When Jiang Zhen was building his own wharf, the people in Daqi were happy to see the price of salt fall.
Previously, the price of salt was so high that at one time it was impossible to buy it, but recently, the price of salt has dropped.
It was a good salt but a kilo of salt only cost five or six copper coins!
In the past, even private salt would not be so cheap!
When the people of Daqi first found about this, they were going crazy and many of them even bought more than a dozen kilos of salt at a time, finishing all the salt in the stores.
But even so, the next day, the store still has salt for sale, especially the Zheng family’s store, they did not allow anyone to buy too much and each time they only allowed to buy one kilo and could always come up with a lot of salt.
The people of Wexing Province were all talking about Wen Yingniang before, but now they were all talking about salt prices – other people divorcing and their divorcing wife recruiting a husband to marry in her family, how could it be more important as their own food and drink?
Now that the price of salt was down, instead of staring at Wen Yingniang, they might as well find a way to buy more salt and pickle some meat, vegetables, eggs and other things.
The people of Wexing Province were happy and those rich and powerful ware also full of expectation now.
The Qingfeng Building in Fucheng was about to open.
Thanks to the blessing of Zhou Maohe, the people of Fucheng have long known about the existence of the Qingfeng Building and have long been full of expectations for it. Later, after the matter of Qingfeng Wine came out, everyone became even more curious about the Qingfeng Building.
Now, the Qingfeng House has finally opened.
People in Fucheng who knew about the of Qingfeng Building all wanted to see it after they learned about it. As for things like the drop in salt prices. . ..
Edited by: Faro