ALL BASKETS ON CHRISTMAS WEEK WILL BE DELIVERED TWO DAYS EARLIER:
Monday – emails will go out as usual
Tuesday – Nourish to Flourish bags (unchanged) and all Thursday baskets will be delivered
Wednesday – all Friday baskets will be delivered
Just a short side note – due to the shortened time frame, we will not be doing our regular baskets, instead, we will offer two sizes – small ($35) and a large ($45) filled with all the popular basics, and no substitutions that week. We will look at the basket you currently receive and assign accordingly, so:
Small (Single Select and Leaf Eaters)
Large (Humble Harvest, On The Go, Family Harvest, Leaf Eaters, Veggie, and Fruit)
We hope you will work with us to support our farmers this holiday, and bring local food to your table for your meals. If you need to cancel for the week, please let us know as soon as possible.
Next, we are moving the basket packing and delivering operation to a new site that will have more space – we are SO excited. Our existing cider mill barn has served us well over the past three years, but for so many operational reasons, it’s time. The move of our packing tables and fridges will take place between Christmas and New Year, so please note:
BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR THERE WILL BE NO BASKET DELIVERY.
Which brings us to the next ground breaking piece of news – after much thought and consideration, we have decided that the store will be closed permanently. Phew. I said it out loud. We LOVE all the people we have met, and we love seeing our delivery customers when they pop in. The support for the little store has been wonderful, and we have been so touched in so many ways to see how much people care about their food, we have had the best conversations, we have watched people meet and friendships blossom, and we have basked in the enthusiasm of all the children who have crossed our threshold. For all these reasons, this was not an easy decision. And because I feel the store was more than just a retail space, and because I value the time (and dollars) our customers have spent in the store, I wanted you to hear it from me first. At the end of the day, it was an investment of time vs. results ratio – there are so many places local food still needs to grow on the south shore for it to become part of our hardwired landscape, from farmers markets, to farm to school programs, community outreach and education programs, and broadening the reach and accessibility of good clean food right down to the expansion of the farms themselves, and I felt that the store was such a big commitment, it prohibited us from reaching many other goals, goals that have far more meaning and value to the community we serve. And at the end of the day, the reach of the store was very localized, and not accessible to our whole delivery area. So we have a way to fix that, and we will be telling you more about it in the New Year. You will still have access to all your store favorites, I promise, we are not taking anything away, just making it different, less wasteful and more sustainable AND we will still be able to offer pickups in the future for the customers who preferred it.
So, on that note, I am excited for everything the New Year holds, and we remain passionately committed to developing a sustainable local food system that our children, and their children might also enjoy.
by Pam Denholm