COVID-19…..what can I say? This virus has brought our farm to our knees. We chose to let our help go before they even got here because we were scared. What do we do if they get sick? What if they come sick and get us sick? What if we don’t make enough money this season to pay the help? After prayer, tears and more prayer on top of our devoted customers reaching out to us we decided to hold our heads high and JUST DO IT!!!!! We chose not to have help this year and just do it the way the farm began 11 years ago with just me and Matt! You know……growers gottta grow……..we are going to GROW for our family and community!
The benefit to working with your local farmers is that less hands touch your food! The only folks that will be working with your food will be just me and Matt. We will be harvesting your food as well as filling your orders. We are dedicated to social isolation during this period because our health hinges on your health. We are limiting help and volunteers to ensure everyone’s health. Is it going to be hard,, yes, but my husband is a farmer and I am a principal, hard doesn’t scare us!
We are doing it! Matt has been working hard preparing our beds. This week, we will be putting in all the plants we have been growing from the greenhouse and they will grow, grow, grow!
Our salads and arugula have been seeded and we already have such a nice stand! I can’t wait until they are ready to eat! I just can’t wait for a fresh salad! We also have beautiful strawberries in bloom, ready to burst with sweet berries! We will also have spring onions, green garlic, and asparagus coming so soon!
The benefits of doing business with us is that only two people will be touching your food, Matt and I. We are keeping ourselves as isolated as possible because we know our health depends on our ability to grow nutrient dense food for our customers. So if you are wondering how in the world we are going to get all of this great food to you, we have a plan!!!!!! You can either become a farm share member and get a pre-loaded gift card and save 10% of your seasonal purchases, or you can get a bag that is filled to the brim of our very best produce! Most members love this choice! If you aren’t ready for a commitment, we got that too! I have created an online store where you can pre-purchase your food. You will make your selections, select your location (our farm or South of the James) and come through drive-thru style, tell us your name, and will will place a bag in your trunk. We will have our first harvest the third week of April. We will start with a few items and as the season grows, so will our item base.
Please know how much we love you and feel your support as our farm, like the rest of us are going through a difficult time. Please like us on Facebook and Instram blackcreekfarmrva and and follow this blog for up to date information. It is YOU who are keeping us going right now. The support we have received from our community, customers, personal chefs, and local groceries have inspired us. We are JUST DOING IT! Please join us and watch us GROW!