Spring Veggies, Meat, and Eggs
We have had a challenging winter but overall it is working out OK for us. For those who haven't heard, the closure of our largest wholesale account and subsequent losses related to that closure, have forced us to restructure and diversify our markets a bit more.
We now are a weekly vendor at the Cultural Market in Fredericton every Saturday. While this has not helped our work/life balance, it has gone fairly well and we plan to be there every Saturday year round. We are hoping to find a Fredericton person who can help us with the selling so that we can spend some weekends together and with our kids but for now Kirsten and I are alternating Saturdays.
For the spring season, we will serve our Fredericton box customers through the Cultural Market on Saturdays. We will have meats and eggs here each Saturday as well. Aura Whole Foods and True Food Organics also carry a selection of our veggies and meats and are open during the week for those who aren't in town on Saturday.
Nanette's Healthy Pantry in Grand Falls and several stores in Moncton including Codiac Organics, Sequoia on Mountain Road, and Corn Crib will continue to have a selection of our products as well.
Now is also the time to sign up for your summer boxes. You don't need to pay till June 7 but at the very least, please sign up so that we can plan and so you can be assured that your spot will be held. With two other box programs having gone out of business in NB in the last year, it is quite possible we will end up sold out before the season starts.
We have made the decision not to increase our summer box prices even though minimum wage has increased now well over 10% (when you factor all our extra costs linked to the wage) in the last two years and other expenses have increased considerably as well. We are putting plans in place to hire a couple fewer people and increase efficiencies to take up the extra cost so we do not have to pass this extra onto our customers for at least one more year.
We look forward to continuing to serve you all again this summer!