The farm has been authorized by the USDA to take SNAP benefits; a 45-day approval and authorization process completed in 7 days! I plan to study what SNAPs means over the next week; learning about SNAP is on my “To Do” list between “seed the paddocks” and “restock whiskey”. The latter is usually the last thing to get accomplished on my list. We are an essential business and we will be open today, tomorrow, and next week from Wednesday thru Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm. Today is beautiful so come walk the farm; membership required.
We have expanded the produce section to include tomatoes, green peppers, apples, carrots, onions, beets, sweet potatoes, bananas, and Idaho and red potatoes. We have plenty of our eggs, garlic, and salad mix in the store. Garlic is a big seller due to its known property of warding off evil things. Just rub it all over your body and the 6-foot separation is assured. The Alpaca Urine Elixir accomplishes the same task, but our application is being held-up by the FDA. Too bad the USDA is not in-charge of this approval process.
In our meat department we have restocked chicken breasts, whole chicken, pork short rips, pork chops, sausages, and ground beef. This time is a great opportunity to teach the kids about food supply and how to cook. We have plenty of produce and groceries to have the kids help make dinner: BBQ ribs, spaghetti and meatballs, salads, baked Asian chicken, the list goes on and on.
Buffalo Jump continues to expand their ready to go prepared meals both fresh and frozen. They are offering this week Shepard’s’ Pie, Cornbread Casserole, Honey-sesame and soy roasted chicken, and Vegan butternut coconut bisque. Peck O’Dirt bakery will have more fresh baked goods including a variety of quiches, cookies, and ice cream cake pints.
We will also continue to sell Toilet Paper (4 rolls for $5); our biggest selling item.
To recap: We will continue policies based on real USDA/FDA/CDC guidance. The farm will be open for member families to walk about; one family member will need to check in at the store; we won’t be doing wrist bands. We would prefer if children do not enter the store; they are very handsy with things on the shelves. Please don’t crowd the store; wander about outside if you see more than five people in the store. We have spread out the produce on the back deck so now there is lots of space. Keep distance between people; especially at the register. Be aware there might be people in line for the register but they are standing back; do not cut in front.
We advise not to use the children’s play area for the time being; to many surfaces not being cleaned. We will be cleaning store contact surface frequently, but I am concerned about greenhouse, chicken coops, and other structures that have surfaces that people frequently touch. Maybe avoid the greenhouses and egg collection this week until we know more about surface contact. Bottom line; use common sense.