We are always building relationships with the people around us. There are our friends and family both near and far. Then, there are the relationships we share in public, those with local governments and services, our relationships in our churches and local organizations, and finally our relationships with the people we purchase food, clothing, and our other daily needs.
Our mission statement for The Pickwick Place is “Serving local quality with heart” something I hope you will hear, and more importantly see, in every aspect of The Pickwick Place. It is a statement that has risen naturally within the relationships of the families who make up The Pickwick Place and which we are happy to provide in our service and relationship with you.
Last year I had the opportunity to interact and serve many of you at the produce wagon on the front lawn of Pickwick, I enjoyed meeting old friends and making many new friends, all the while listening to the many ways you enjoyed our products. Seriously, I am going to have to get copies of some of your recipes for the meals described to me. The best praise that can be given us as farmers is how much you enjoy the products we produce, or that we were able to get locally from other producers.
As the Spring continues the farm ground Ethan uses around the barns will increase and the availability of his products, such as his strawberries, will increase. It is exciting for me to be able have these in the market for you this year, as we return for a new season of providing products picked in our field to be prepared for your table.
Another relationship I have been working on this past winter is with local vendors, I like our goal as The Market at Pickwick, to seek out local products from other producers. For example, I had an enjoyable evening tasting the many different honeys produced by Brokensword Apiaries so that I can better help customers chose a honey they would prefer. I enjoy these visits with other producers because it allows me to hear the dreams of the families producing a product that ultimately I want you as a customer to enjoy consuming, hearing the product's story, and finally return to purchase more. That is why as the season progresses and we begin to move into the North Barn (don’t worry the wagon will still be utilized for the market) we want to be able to tell the stories of our local products both visually through our signage, and through our knowledge of the product itself.
For twelve years Andrea and I filled our Saturdays selling the many flowers and pumpkins we produced on our farm, all the while building relationships with our customers at the large farmers markets in the Columbus area. We now eagerly look forward to many seasons of fresh fruits and vegetables (many of which you will see growing around the barns) as we serve our community from The Market at Pickwick.
Let the growing season begin,