Dear Customers,

First, let me start out by thanking all of our customers for their patronage, and for their understanding with all the new changes that have been imposed over the last few months. We were and remain committed to staying open and are doing our best to safely serve our customers and community through these uncertain times. As we collectively continue to move through the reopening process in our region, the Farm Store will make a few more slight changes starting Wednesday, July 1st.

New Store Hours

In order to better accommodate those customers who are returning to work, we will now remain open until 7pm again. Our new hours will be 8am-7pm, every day, and we still ask that the first hour of the day be reserved for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. We will continue to limit the number of customers who are shopping at any given point, and masks are still required in the Store at all times. We know that as the weather remains warm, it’s becoming harder to wear these masks. We appreciate your compliance and your understanding.

Outside Use

With the warmer weather, the outdoors beckons us all, and we will be opening the pavilion area right outside the store with limited seating. We ask that all customers wear masks unless seated and practice social distancing. Though this area is opened, we would kindly remind you that Hawthorne Valley’s campus, which is normally open to the public, continues to be closed at this time, beyond welcoming customers to our Farm Store. The farmyard, play yards, and picnicking areas remain closed to all visitors. As much of our educational programs would normally take place in fields and forest, we fully appreciate the benefits derived from being in nature and understand the need to get out-of-doors. However, as a working farm, we also need to protect the health of our farmers and artisan food crafters so that they can continue to produce the high-quality, nutritious food they are known for.

New Online Ordering Platform

We have officially launched our new online ordering platform! You can now browse and shop our store online here. After you place your order, you can pick your groceries curbside (or have it delivered locally for a small fee). Please keep in mind that this is a new system, and we are still working on all the new features, so some options may not be immediately available. Feedback is always welcomed. Please note: In order for you to log into an account, you must be registered with us, however, you do not need an account to place an order. To register for an account, please email delivery@hawthornevalley.org, and we will help you get set up. Registering for an account will allow you to save shopping lists, securely store your payment information, and review past orders/receipts. We are excited for you to try this new system!

Fundraiser – Soul Fire Farm and Rolling Grocer 19

Last weekend, we held a “round-up for a cause” event in the Store in support of two BIPOC businesses in our area, Rolling Grocer 19 in Hudson and Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, NY. The Store matched up to $1,000, and collectively, we were able to raise $2,000 for these wonderful endeavors! This money will be shared between the two organizations. Thank you to those who participated!

About Soul Fire Farm:
Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. “We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.” Learn more at soulfirefarm.org

About Rolling Grocer 19:
RG19 represents a community-driven response to the immediate challenges of a food and economically insecure environment that currently exists in the county. Inhabiting a 630 sq. ft. storefront in Hudson, and a renovated 16’ trailer, RG19 offers a wide range of wholesome products, including fresh produce, dairy, bread, grains, meat, seafood, non-perishables, toiletries and other miscellaneous products. “Our intention is to provide convenient, quality food for all — no matter the income level — with a priority placed on low-income residents. Food is made affordable through a fair pricing system similar to sliding scale. At the same time, the stores provides an additional wholesale market for producers, prioritizing sourcing from local environmentally-conscious farmers and distributors, and therefore supporting the direct reinvestment of local spending back into community businesses.”

Finally, I started this update with thanking our wonderful customers and community. I will end by thanking our excellent, committed staff members who day in and day out have worked incredibly hard to keep this ship sailing; they deserve all the credit for the successful navigation of this crisis so far, and they will be the reason for the Store’s continued success.

With gratitude
Jeremy Laurange
Director of Retail

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