WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th, 2020
Wow. What a weird, emotional roller coaster ride the past few weeks have been. I am sure that you are feeling a whole range of things as am I. I have been meaning to hop on here and give an update on the business end but it's been hard to wrap my head around things as there are constant daily, if not hourly changes. It has been stressful, as a small farm to say the least but I felt like it was time to finally sit down and try to create a bit of a plan for the coming weeks.
Currently, I am still operating the farm. My farm locations are safe spaces with just myself and my family on board and we have been working hard to try to continue with seasonal prep work. We have been fixing up the greenhouse, prepping beds, planting perennials and seeding. Lots of seeding. But soon, some of those flower seeds might be turning into vegetables.
At the moment, I am not participating in any Vancouver farmer's markets, however this will be updated on a weekly basis as needed. The market staff are working so hard right now to make sure that fresh food is available to those in the community that want it. I have moved my flower sales online to the time being which you can find here. The online store will be updated with fresh items as they are available. It's still early days but the tulips are just a week away from the first harvest. This is all new territory for me - delivery is time consuming while I'm also trying to be a farmer so please bear with me as I navigate this.
I have also opened up the spring flower subscription for additional members. During the month of April (and perhaps beyond), the subscription will be delivered to you at my cost. There may not be any pick up locations during the virus as line-ups for some establishments can be long and it's not fair if you are just picking up a bouquet. Delivery also ensures that sanitation is more controlled as hands are cleaned with wipes and/or hand sanitizer in between each delivery.
I am still working on trying to get bouquets into select grocery stores. If you are a small grocer that might be interested in adding flowers to your shop, please let me know. I would love to work with you!
Just as I take all the necessary health precautions with my own family, I take the same very seriously with my business. All of the flowers are cut with gloves, I wash my hands regularly, the buckets are washed with soap and water, any surfaces I use are disinfected regularly and any deliveries will be kept at a safe distance.
I will be making regular updates here as things change. I'd like to say some hopeful words like, "A few weeks down the road, this will get better," but I just don't know. I do know it will get better at some point, I just don't know when. It's hard running a farm and a business while keeping a family afloat so I really appreciate your interest and investment during this challenging time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate you all so much.