This isn’t the blog post we had planned to send out the first week of Spring. We hope it finds you in good health and a flexible state of mind, as the coronavirus continues to remap our everyday lives in ways we’d never considered.
At Morning Glory, we are taking our responsibility as farmers seriously and working hard to produce great quality, safe foods here on the Island. As an essential business producing food for our community, we are open during the state and local emergency orders and have developed several protocols to keep us all safe. With the help of our commercial insurance provider, we were able to stay in this business.
Jim, Debbie, Simon and Daniel want you to know that taking care of our staff is our top concern. Any Moglo employee may opt to stay home with no penalty or risk, and will be given the opportunity to use sick time and/or unemployment as the needs fit.
We’re asking our field and greenhouse crew members to work solo wherever possible and to have no more than one person in any farm vehicle. We are pushing off non-food-producing activities that would have people working closely. Sanitizer stations are set up and stocked in all work areas.
Managers not needed on-site are safely working from home. This week, we held our first online meeting, with folks joining from different spots around the Island.
While the farmstand won’t reopen April 10 as we’d previously announced, we’re still looking to open within a few weeks of that date.
Meanwhile, our self-service fridge outside the farmstand exit has eggs, kale, pea shoots, pesto, potatoes and now meat, all available on the honor system. As more spring crops come to ripeness, you’ll find them for sale outside as well, carefully cleaned in our new, state-of-the-art vegetable washing barn.
Watch for salad mix, arugula, baby kale, radish, scallion, head lettuce, kohlrabi, box choi, and colorful flowers from our West Tisbury flower farm and greenhouses—just for starters.
“I can confidently say this is the most aggressive spring planting we have ever engaged in,” Simon said in a recent memo to staff.
“Dad and I worked together into dusk getting another half-acre of hardy spring crops in the ground Wednesday. Our greenhouses will produce hundreds of thousands of transplants under the powerful efforts of Chloe and Isa.”
Please bookmark our website and subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first to find out when we set our opening date for 2020. We really can’t wait to see you!
Morning Glory Farm is a GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)/Commonwealth Quality certified farm.