New new new! 8/13/2020

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  • We’re open for pre-orders/curbside pickup ONLY. Click here for more info, or here to start shopping! Order any day; pick up Tuesday thru Sunday.
  • Canning tomatoes are still going! (Sunday’s weather looks like it might be as good for canning as it ever gets during tomato season.) (Literally while I was writing these they sold out. We’ve got more coming on Saturday morning, so if you were hoping for some, feel free to shoot me an email and we’ll see what we can do!)
  • New since last week: more stuff than I can list! See below!
  • This week’s breads: Cranberry Orange, Parmesan Olive Herb, Dill Onion, and Caraway Rye (plus the standard Original, Sesame, and Irish Oatmeal).
  • Congratulations to Stephanie, the winner of this week’s order feedback drawing and a $10 R&R gift card! As always, many thanks to all of you who have responded to the slips in your bags — we <3 feedback and we <3 you!

Scroll down for the full list of what we’ll have this week! Check out the website for everything we’ve got right now!

Guys…I feel like I’ve done nothing this week but check things in and add them to the website! I’ve been here for over 12 hours now, so I’ll hope you’ll forgive me if I’m brief!

Things were complicated this week by a visit from a Weights & Measures inspector from the Department of Ag, coming to tell us that while we’re really awesome and doing a great job, it’s actually illegal to say things like “approximately half a pound” when selling things, and someone brought it to the Department’s attention, so…he had to drive from Schuykill county to let us know we should stop. And here I thought by saying “approximately” we were letting you know that we might not always get the weight of the cheese perfect, but it would definitely be close. But no.

The new site (in progress still, but thankfully in progress by someone other than me) will allow us to adjust the total for the exact weight of the item you receive, but the current site…does not. So, either we have to get really really good at getting the cheese exactly the right weight, and ask our farmers to make sure that every zucchini they send us is exactly the same size, or…we have to re-write the descriptions for basically everything on the site that would be sold by weight under ideal circumstances.

This is further complicated by the fact that the software we’ve been using to help manage inventory has developed a quirk wherein when I edit the name of a variant (like “Approx 1/2 lb”), it stops syncing. Won’t put the item back up for sale. Won’t manage the inventory. So. I’m doing my best to get us into compliance, but it’s sure feeling like a slog.

As a side note, I do want to stress that the inspector who came was really nice, and really wanted to make sure I understood everything was fine! They just needed to tell us. And, you know, needed us to change it. So there we are.

In happier bureaucratic news, this week we also underwent our first health inspection at the new spot. We’d discussed it earlier with the health inspector and agreed that since we’re still bringing in new equipment, etc, it made sense to wait until that was all in place before she came in. But then I realized that in order to finalize the application that will allow us to legitimately transfer our ability to accept SNAP to the new location, I needed paperwork from the city, and that paperwork can’t happen until we have a health inspection. So, we scheduled that, and the next morning she came, and while I wasn’t really worried, I was pretty darn happy when we passed with no violations and no apparent points of concern. I can’t wait for her to come back! 🙂 (Because it’ll mean we have all our equipment in place! I don’t really mind the health inspections, but I don’t get all that excited about them!)

Anyway! This is more talking, and I’m afraid slightly more beleaguered talking, than I really intended to do this evening. And so, without further ado — some of the new things I’ve loaded onto the site this week:

Here’s a terrible thing — there’s no easy way to display those images as a gallery and have them link to their respective pages on the web store. Or if there is, I’m far too tired at this moment to try to figure it out. But maybe a good excuse for you to browse around?

Tiredness and beleaguered-ness aside, we are making progress every day. This week we’ve been working around the guy installing/finishing the fire suppression system in the kitchen, and the electricians running power to our new bread oven, and we’re pushing forward our POS and new website projects, and Dusty and our kitchen-crew-to-be have started meeting to brainstorm ideas for things to make, and…it’s all a lot, but man is it going to be good. It is good. Thanks for keeping us going. 🙂


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