,I have been terribly remiss in writing a blog. We used to have a blog on blogspot and I USED TO do a pretty good job of occasionally writing. Then Google, a new computer, and life at large, turned things upside down and now I can't access the old blog to continue things.
That's a pretty good excuse, but truly, it's life at large that would have kept me from writing anyway. So I'm starting anew. Starting this new blog right here on our webpage in the hopes that by keeping things all in one spot my teeny tiny brain will only have to remember one password instead of two or three.
Truth is, it's time for new beginnings besides this.
This year has been a tough one for us. Extreme heat and pretty dry times, grasshoppers galore, rising costs of packaging, labeling, and boxing materials and a few health issues have made this season seem longer than most and have had Barry and I talking about how we want to spend our 'upper 50's' and into our 60's. People keep reminding us that we're not spring chickens anymore.
After several strong beverages of the alcoholic kind and some long discussion we both agreed that we LOVE our customers, we are still passionate about herbs, that we love tours, our farm to table dinner, holding classes, and even harvesting and sales - but things need to change.
Some things will remain the same. Never fear, at least right now, the new business plan includes a once a year farm to table dinner. The new plan includes us growing and selling herbs and holding classes and tours here at the farm. It even includes a customer component. We're just not sure what the final business and marketing plan product will look like.
What I do know is that it will mean more time for us to be creative. More time for us to have a little breathing room. Right now, it's seems we take a breath in May and don't breathe again until October. We'll introduce our new business plan in late winter, after we've had more time to think about it and breathe.
In other new beginnings, we're pleased to say our family is going to grow by one. Adam is now engaged to the greatest gal and we're so happy to be adding her to our family.
Additionally, we've added new customers this year like With Room Coffee, who has been making some awesome coffee with our spearmint and we're hoping to keep the creative juices flowing and look into new flavor combinations in the future.
We've also worked with Maple River Distillery this year. They're trying some new infused and distilled vodka's, like lemon basil, basil, fennel, and mint. MMMM, can't wait to try them!
So, with just a few more weeks in this season, we continue on...harvesting, delivering, planning, and dreaming. Looking forward to next year and some new beginnings.
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Holly Mawby is co-owner, along with her husband Barry, of gardendwellers FARM.