We received a lovely Christmas card from some friends yesterday. I thought,”Wow, it’s January 30, when did they send it?” Checked the postmark, “December 12, 2020”. My dad turned 91 on December 16. He loves getting birthday cards. Of course, I sent him a beautiful card on December 9. Plenty of time to get to his Virginia home for the birthday. I thought it was odd that he never brought up receiving the card when I talked to him the day of his birthday. Why? He never got it until January 12th! 2 out 4 of out of town Rouse off spring never received their gifts until mid January. All mailed December 9. What has happened to the Post Office? Three men and a massive crane showed up at the farm last week. “What’s going on?” I queried. “We’re here to take your house for non payment.” they said. Apparently the bank never received my mailed in payment! What is going on? I’m about ready to open up Steve’s Post Office. Seriously, I could have walked some of these things to recipients faster then mailing them, no joke. Thinking of the Post Office, it reminded me of the Post Office in my little home town near the Canadien border in Northern New York. Even as a little kid, I always thought the large brown brick, granite and marble structure seemed out of place in our rural setting. How could these couple of thousand residents possibly compose enough letters to fill this place up? I still remember the day when I had grown enough so I could finally rest my chin on the front of the marble slab counter in the large echoing lobby. My Mother and I were quite excited with the accomplishment. John Bulger, the post master, just wanted us to buy our stamps and get out. Once we were outside my Mother, who never uttered a disparaging word about anyone, said under her breath,”What a grump.” Anyway, let’s move on to the business at hand. 1..We have a large supply of eggs. This week you can order them for half price. L/XL $2.50 Jumbo $3 and the few small/medium we have are still $1. I mean there only a dollar! Oh, ok .50 cents. Plus we will have the farm market open Saturday from 10-2 for eggs and honey, if you would rather just come to the farm and pick them up. 2..Super Bowl weekend is coming up!! So Chef Colleen has prepared some football watching treats including various Chilis, meatballs, Buffalo cauliflower and pulled pork mac and cheese. There’s steamed shrimp, all sorts of goodies from the Grilled Oyster in Bethesda like crab cakes, crab dip, NE clam chowder and lots of wings from Pond View. 3..We have decided to pull out of our Oasis Dairy relationship. Just to many inconsistencies. We will try to replace in the next couple of weeks. Any ideas? We will still honor your bottle deposits, so feel free to return them.
4..Speaking of the Post Office, Fed Ex hasn’t been much better of late. The 2-3 day delivery promise on some of our oranges didn’t happen. What you didn’t get with your orders yesterday, we will deliver to you this week when they come in. We will also have them again this week on the menu. You can only get the Honeybells fresh in January. They were ordered Saturday. That should be good for a 6-7 day delivery window. We’ll see.
We have had a number of folks tell us they forget to order sometimes now that ordering is Monday and Tuesday. We know it’s tough coming right off getting an order and then having to remember to order again a couple of days later, but I have to say it has made the process here on the farm a lot less stressful. So remember, ordering is 9a Monday to 8P Tuesday. We appreciate you guys so much! Have a nice week, after shoveling out.Steve and Vicky