As COVID-19 reaches into our area, we are feeling compassion for all of us! This is a hard time with uncertain outcomes. The responses to the crisis are expansive. At Firefly Farm at Burke Hollow, we are reminded of our mission to nourish our community and ourselves, with local food, mindfulness practices, and engagement in this beautiful place we all call home. We believe it is our duty to find ways in this unprecedented time to offer the people of the Northeast Kingdom those nourishments.
We are beginning to generate a list of ways that we can offer that nourishment. We hope to update this list as needed.
We are grateful for the place we live, the amazing community that surrounds us, and we hope if there is anything we can do to make this crisis easier for any one of you, that you will ask.
The Crew at FFBH
We are packing into our hoop house as much food as possible so that by mid April we will have fresh lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale, baby carrots, and radishes available for purchase. Now more than ever, we see the need for a local food system, and hope that you will find our local supply of food beneficial for you now and later.
We are now accepting credit card payments which can be made online upon receiving an invoice from us. Credit card payments are being accepted for CSA shares, Pay Ahead Cards, Veggie Pre-Orders, and Maple Syrup. Learn more about all of these by clicking on the links above.
We are striving to make all pick-ups safe for everyone. Your vegetables, labeled with your name, will be left for you in our farmstand. If you have paid by credit card, you need only drive in, grab your order, and leave. If you are paying with cash or check, it can be left in the farmstand when you pick up. We will also be sanitizing the farmstand regularly for our safety and yours.
We want local food to be accessible to everyone and during this current crisis, many of you may be unable to pick up at the farm. For this reason, we are instituting a delivery service for pre-orders of $10 or more within a 20 mile radius. Orders need to be paid ahead of time, and deliveries will be left on your front step. This delivery service will be available as soon as we have produce for sale, and will continue throughout the month of April. At that time, we will re-evaluate the need.
Extending Care Shares
With matching donations from the community, Firefly Farm is gifting a CSA share to one local family in need. At this time, that family is being sought out by a BTS faculty member. We would like to extend this offering to a second family in need. If you are willing and able to donate to this cause, you may send a check to us with “Care Share” written in the memo. Thank you for your consideration.
The NEK Mindfulness Meditation Group is meant to serve as a way of staying connected to each other in the current times. The group is using the Insight Timer app to meditate together virtually. All are welcome. You can read more about this group and learn how to sign up by clicking here.
We are planning a host of events on the farm this summer, and will get this list out to you as soon as our crisis has passed. We suspect we will all be ready to convene as a community and celebrate weathering this storm.