I am updating this on July 22. I hope you are staying safe and healthy.
As many of you know by now, I have decided not to attend the farmers market for the rest of the year. This was a difficult decision and in the end had to be based on the numbers. The sacrifices we’ve all had to make due to COVID-19 haven’t been easy for any of us and many small businesses and non-profits are struggling with the consequences of those sacrifices. My business and the farmers market I attend have both felt those impacts. When my market had to increase vendor fees in order to try to meet their financial commitments, I had to walk away in order to give my business its best chance at financially surviving another year.
Instead of going to the farmer’s market, I am doing pre-paid, contact-free pick-ups in Bowling Green and Glasgow once every 2-3 weeks. If I can get enough orders in one location, I would also consider doing pick-ups in other cities. I’ll post pick-up information on my Facebook page and on this page of my website. I may also do some occasional extra blogs and associated emails with the information. I am happy to spend as much time as you need answering questions about the plants, what pollinators they attract, which ones might work best in your yard, etc. All you have to do is contact me. This also lets us have those conversations in a manner that keeps all of us safe and healthy.
I still have lots of native plants, duck eggs, and fresh honey available for sale. On July 4, I harvested my 2020 honey crop. (My blog post, 2020 Honey Harvest!, gives you a behind the scenes look if you want to see how it is done.) Many of the eggs I am getting now are approximately 3 oz each, with a few giant ones that are 3.5 oz or a little more. That means a dozen duck eggs right now could weigh over 3 pounds! The nursery is also continuing to grow and do well. I have approximately 50 species of native wildflowers, native vines, and native trees / shrubs. All of them are ones that I’ve grown from seed and have had no pesticides of any kind applied to them. Several species are new this year.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you can help me share this information with others who might be interested, I would greatly appreciate it. In the meantime, I hope you and your family are able to stay safe and healthy.
COVID-19 Response Timeline
- July 28 and 29: pick-ups planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- July 14 and 15: pick-ups planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- June 30 and July 1: pick-ups planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- June 16 and 17: drop-offs planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- June 2 and 3: drop-offs planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- May 19 and 20: drop-offs planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- April 28 and 29: drop-offs planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- April 22: everyone is well and out of quarantine
- April 20: made decision not to do any in-person speaking engagements until at least June 1
- April 15: began converting May speaking engagements from in-person events to virtual events
- April 8: cancelled April 9 drop-offs and entered self-quarantine for the next 2-3 weeks after a family member may have been exposed
- April 8 and 9: first “official” drop-offs planned in Bowling Green and Glasgow.
- March 31: made decision to skip farmer’s markets for the foreseeable future and to do pre-paid, contact-free drop-offs in Bowling Green and Glasgow instead
- March 28: skipped farmer’s market
- March 25: delivered eggs to a few customers in Bowling Green maintaining proper social distancing
- March 23: blog discussing initial changes due to COVID-19
- March 21: skipped farmer’s market
- March 16: April engagements and activities began being cancelled
- March 14: skipped farmer’s market
- March 13: speaking engagements for March 20 and 21 were cancelled
- March 7: attended farmer’s market