Seems like most of the year I have written about an event after it has happened! Fall is a time for change at the farm, many of the areas slow down and other’s gear up. The bulk of our staff is now back to their studies and the rest of us that work year round get very serious about production, as we have a short time to catch up and prepare the farm for the upcoming season.
Many of the field crops are finished for the year, in fact Alf, Nanaki, Paul and Graham are only harvesting cauliflower, brussels sprouts, varieties of pumpkin and squash, along with decorative gourds. As farm work is never really “done” they continue to prune and plant cover crops to protect the soil from erosion and to hold the nutrients in the soils for the next growing season. They will soon begin turning their attention to the Christmas trees and the many many twinkling lights in and around the outside of the farm that make it so magical.
The Harvest Kitchen crew, Pauline, Nancy, Laurisa, Lisa, Delaney, Mary, Carol, Joelle, Avery and Linda have taken a big breath from the Holiday Pies for a couple of days. They are now back at it, replenishing the jams, jellies, syrups, salsas, salad dressing, sauces, baking mixes and of course, more PIES! They have a narrow window of time to re-stock the freezer wall with all the other specialties you love, like our roasted corn pizza, berry perogies, soups and bags of our IQF berries for your smoothies, shakes and special recipes before they turn their attention to the fresh Christmas preparations.
I’ll soon dedicate a blog post to all the Christmas products, as it is my favourite time of the year on the inside of the farm! Julie, our Ice Creamsmith is making sure that all the flavours of our ice-cream are restocked to include the special holiday flavours like Eggnog, Pumpkin and Peppermint!
As the porch restaurant is now only open on the weekends, Jodi, with her Specialty Foods staff Suki and Karamjit, are busy preparing the chocolates, barks and flavours of popcorn for the busy Christmas season.
The staff that prepare the market and winery with all the retail products, are busy transitioning the mood, organizing the newly arrived inventory and building all our Gift Baskets. Have you ever lifted one of our Krause Gift Basket’s? If not, be prepared, you can really FEEL the difference before you TASTE the difference! Anne, Lenore, Debbie, Maureen, Cheryl and Tracey will be pleased to build your baskets with your choices and you can even bring a little something special and personal to add into your baskets before they cello and finish it with a proud Krause ribbon!
David our maintenance staff continue’s to “fix” things that needs fixing in-between building the 6 photo op stations for the holiday season and rearranging the many configurations for all of the holiday dinners and parties.
Tammy in payroll is looking forward to a reduced payroll and continues to pay the bills. She now has the time to focus on the many annual external, internal and forecasting reports.
Ann who is our operations manager and her assistant Jina continue to handle the numerous details that are required to support the many areas on the farm especially during this holiday season. This includes all the paperwork & computer work needed for scheduling, incoming products, costing, labelling alongside taking care of our guests.
Torrey is busy updating the online store for holiday shopping, while Heather is capturing all the beauty that abounds at the farm and updating you daily on what’s happening via the website and social media.
This season transitions from our summer educational tour groups to fall and winter corporate dinner’s, special farm high tea’s and office parties. Tracey is busy organizing them along with the last 2 events at the farm for the season, both which we hope to see you at! Mark your calendars for Guest Appreciation evening November 17th and Breakfast with Santa December 11th.