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The Farm Stand
Over the past two years we have explored having a manned farm stand to offer expanded customer service, value added products, and several convenient options to pay for goods and services. This year we are implementing a new honor system with a Square Self-checkout Hub. It will be at the main desk at the rear of our tent and although the farm stand will not be manned this season, you will still be able to purchase items with cash, check, credit, and debit cards.
The same beautiful tent that protects our product and our valued customers during inclement weather will be there with the addition of NEW farm stand tables and we can't wait for you to see them!
In addition, we are streamlining our offerings to vegetables, fruit, flowers, and fall ornamentals only. This change will make it easier for our limited staff to focus on quality and be more consistent. We pride ourselves on the products we grow, and believe this is the best option for a more manageable season.
CSA Farm Share
The relationship between a CSA member and a farmer is a very unique one. Both benefit from the experience in many different ways and we’ve learned a lot over the last few years. Some of these things include the share sizes we sell, the quantity of produce needed for 7 solid meals, and the quality it takes to give you an enjoyable experience from week to week. Although, we want to emphasize the risk vs. reward is still very real from season to season, we should always be focused on this.
With that said, we will be offering subscribers a “small share” only. This is our most popular size and will be a beefed-up version of the small share we provided in 2021. It will feed up to 2 people and you will receive 7 to 9 vegetables each week.
If you have more than 2 people in your family you will have the option to purchase an additional share or two at a discounted rate to double or triple the amount of food you receive.
This new system will…
In early 2021 we were invited to participate in a brand new farmers’ market in the city of Chicopee to help bring fresh local food to its townspeople. This would be our first farmers’ market ever! After a short time, word got out and we were asked to attend multiple markets in the area to do the same, 3 markets in total. We learned, if done correctly, this was very lucrative for our farm.
Some of the planning process this winter is to expand this part of our business with its own manager and crew. These new markets will give us the opportunity to build the Bardwell Farm name, sell our product in multiple areas, and reach more people who are lacking the availability of access to fresh food.
Farm Layout & Management
2021 has taught us so many lessons. We have taken these winter months to regroup and focus on what it takes to run all the different parts of Bardwell Farm. As we all know, labor is the most crucial part of any business. This season we will be shifting our workforce to where we find it most important; in the fields, packhouse, and retail spaces where true production happens. We work to fulfill a strong crew this season that is verse in all areas of our business to bring the best service to your table.
Wholesale has also become an important part of our business as well. As we continue to expand our customer base, just like the retail side, we see this as an essential part to keep our farm viable. Streamlining growing practices, harvesting, and logistics to a larger scale of operation will help with rising labor costs and sustain our business for years to come.
Our farm will continue to adjust to the adverse climate but new challenges will also come this season. Our business is growing and there will always be ups, downs, and struggles. We will do our best to meet all of these goals. But, it is our ultimate goal to present you with the best possible product and service we can 365 days a year.
We are here for you.
If you have any questions or concerns please call (413) 800-5583 or message us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support!
Owner Harrison Bardwell
To our valued customers,
Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this difficult and challenging growing season. As you may already know, many weather related events resulted in severe crop loss, so much so it rivaled that of previous years. This coupled with a workforce outage impacted every aspect of our day-to-day operations. One day at a time we got through it all and I feel we are much stronger for it. We are beyond grateful to see the light at the end of the tunnel as this season comes to a close and a new one begins this January.
During the winter months we reflect on the good and the bad, it’s how we learn and grow as farmers. We deep dive into all aspects of running a diversified agricultural business; we look at the crops we grew and how weather affected them, the products we sold, the sales channels we filled, and the employees and the skill sets we needed to keep our business running.
With that said, we will be restructuring our business model in the coming weeks. Many important and difficult decisions will be made to create the next chapter of Bardwell Farm. As we finalize plans for 2022 stay informed by visiting our social media and website for announcements.
I personally want to thank the individuals who understood the issues and struggles we faced during this really difficult year, and most importantly, the ones who have believed-in and supported us from the start, we appreciate you.
Owner Harrison Bardwell
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