-Thursday, November 22, 2018

How do we find the right people to help us run our business? Who will work really hard and share our enthusiasm? What person will commit to a job that is part time with wages that are at the top end of what we can afford, yet less than what they can make elsewhere? Why in the world would anyone want to jump into a job that is physically hard and even stressful at times? Where do we find someone to sign up for all of that? This is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night.  

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-Monday, January 16, 2017

2016 was a blur for The Loft. From our official opening on June 4, to December 31, we hosted an even 70 events. 36 of those were weddings. It was humbling to be a part of so many couples' big days.  

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Much to Be Thankful For
-Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Last night we had a Pickwick Farm-ily celebration. I can’t think of a better time to recognize our employees than the week of Thanksgiving. When God asked us to step out in faith with this project, we trusted that He would see us through. Looking back over the year, we are humbled by the way God provided the perfect people to fill specific roles at Pickwick. It was joy to gather with The Loft, Acres of Adventure, The Market, the food trailer, and Pickwick Produce workers and witness the way everything came together. We had 26 part-time employees step out into the great unknown and join us on this journey this year. Our hearts are full this Thanksgiving.

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Better Than Before
-Saturday, October 22, 2016

I’m not one to wish away time. Being the mother of three boys, the usual cry of my heart is for it all to slow down. But lately I can hardly wait for the months following October and the close of The Market to get here. (And not just because I need a nap. Alright, maybe it’s that, but it is also the perfect time to regroup and reflect.) 

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-Monday, July 04, 2016

Recently, a customer apologetically asked me if it was ok to pour a quart of sweet cherries into a bag so she could see the cherries underneath. I said, "No problem!" and promptly poured them out, to which she said “Those are nice!” She then explained that she had in the past bought cherries from a store which were spoiled.  

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Do Something
-Monday, May 16, 2016

I'm not from this area. I grew up in the southeastern corner of Knox County, a stone's throw and a hop from Appalachia. Greg and I met through FFA in high school and later were both students at The Ohio State University. The rest, as they say, is history, and I've been a Crawford County resident for going on eight years.  

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It's All About Relationships
-Monday, May 02, 2016

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,



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Joy in the Journey
-Monday, April 11, 2016

When our group of seven (Greg, Rose, Andrea, Chris, Kent, Laura, and Ethan - aka the GRACKLE team) assembled in January of 2015, our first order of business was to clarify our purpose. Why are we doing this? It took some time, but we eventually narrowed it down to these five words: Serving Local Quality With Heart.


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