With all of this data floating around, it’s hard to know if others are over-reacting or if we are under-reacting. It makes us question ourselves and the choices we make for our families.
We have all heard of the great toilet paper shortage of 2020. I have received questions about food supply, trading, accessibility and would like to address this with everyone.
While we know that the Coronavirus is here in MN and may have a bigger impact on the local food system than we’d like, we want you to know we have a plan in place. We will continue with spring seeding and summer harvest as usual.
While we don’t know how long this virus will be around, we will be making some plans to produce more food if need be. As farmers, it is a part of an unspoken promise that we hold very dear. It is our responsibility to feed the people in times like these. When everything else in the world is unraveling, we start to focus on necessities; our family, shelter, food and water.
So to the extent that we can, it’s time to plan to make sure that we can get this food to you, while still supporting our family, friends and business. We won’t be changing prices of anything, that’s a promise. If you purchase a CSA Share we won’t be adjusting the price or charging more later on for the same product, even if the supply and demand chain tell us to.
I know many of you have already signed up which will likely give you great comfort knowing that your Share of our harvest is already reserved. We will not be adding more Shares to our planting this season, we have a limit of growing for 350 families. Wait, does that mean I need to sign up right now or you’ll run out??! Absolutely not. We still have over 50% of our Membership open, and I plan to be accepting shares for at least another 2 months.
One thing I would like to mention is that this produce doesn't change hands 50 times in 5 different countries and 2 continents. This comes from our greenhouse, and is planted in our fields, harvested, washed packed into shares and delivered by US! Ben & I work with 2 employees to make this program run smoothly. Point is- this is as safe and accessible as food is going to be for a while.
I want you to know that I have written about a lot of really uncomfortable things here and I don’t like even acknowledging that these could be a possibility. But if it comes to it, please know that we are still just “the Browns” who will always have your best interest at heart. We are all in this together.
Stay well my friends, ~The Farmer’s Wife