Are you itching to do more to support small businesses and individuals affected by coronavirus pandemic? So are we. As a small local business, we want to do our best to support the communities we serve. Here's a list of things you can do to support small local businesses, or individuals struggling.
Growth is a year-round concept for Troy Asher, packinghouse manager of Atlas Farm (South Deerfield, MA). But the shorter winter days do bring a bit of an expected slowdown.
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Working from home comes with so many freedoms, and different challenges than the traditional workplace. You have the power to set your own working schedule but, family and pets are just around the corner as a welcomed distraction. Here are some tips to help you productively work from home and avoid cabin fever!
On March 17th, the world celebrates Irish culture and the patron Saint Patrick. It's a perfect time to eat green. Legend says if you wear green you will be invisible to leprechauns who go around pinching folks in other colors. Not sure if eating green counts, but doesn't hurt to cover all your bases!
For several of the farms that stock our deliveries with local produce and goods, this is still a busy time of year. The winter months are often a time to repair and reassess ahead of the growing season.
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We are now accepting orders for households that live in our Tuesday delivery area (Unfortunately we have met capacity again. Join our waitlist for a notification when we open up sign ups again). We hope to continue to increase our capacity to serve more customers. We are looking to hire additional part time warehouse help as well as adding another driver.
We also continue to experience supply chain challenges. We are beginning to hear murmurings that we may experience more disruptions. Many of the farms we work with in western Massachusetts rely on the H1B visa program for farm labor. Although unconfirmed, it is possible that the local growing season may be impacted if H1B workers are denied entry into the US.
As we work through these challenges, we hope to increase our capacity to serve more households to support social distancing efforts. All while keeping staff as safe as possible.
Thank you for your support. Be safe.
I was interviewed yesterday on WGBH - you can listen here about how we've been affected by the virus and some of the challenges we've been facing.
We are beginning to see some customers increase their orders of certain items (i.e. eggs and milk). We may have to impose limits on certain items as our drivers' vehicles are running out of van capacity.
If possible, please limit eggs to no more than two dozen, milk to two half gallons and some of the chips to just 1-2 bags per order.
Thanks and be safe!
We are closing down all signups for the time being - this includes preventing former customers from re-activating their accounts.
We will continue operating and delivering to existing customers.
We continue to assess the operations with focus on employee safety and general well-being.
We greatly appreciate everyone's support.
We have closed the signups for Tuesday deliveries. We may open it up again on Monday as we should have some capacity.
We will email you,if you have added your name to the wait list
Although slightly improved, we continue to encounter intermittent issues with our suppliers. For example, our main egg source is not sending in any orders into Boston next week. Fortunately with the advanced notice, we should have time to "scramble" and find another source.
Thanks for your patience and support.
We are getting a handle on the supply chain disruptions as well as our overall capacity to take on additional customers safely and without overextending ourselves or at the cost of existing customers. We are currently accepting customers living in our Tuesday delivery area for the time being, but will close it out at a certain point.
We are assessing other delivery days and will email those that have completed the waiting list form as areas open up.
Thanks for your patience and support.
We continue to deliver, but we are not accepting new signups right now.
We are collecting names and emails for a wait list. We hope to open the sign ups soon, but it will be mainly contingent on how quickly the food network rebounds and panic purchasing subsides.
We have also switched to delivering four days a week (Tuesday to Friday). By switching to a four day delivery schedule, our drivers will have less exposure and be able to get some well needed and deserved rest.
The health and well being of our staff has never been more important. Unlike many delivery services, we do not use independent contractors. Our drivers and warehouse staff are all employees - some earning as much as 120 hours of PTO. The majority have access to our subsidized health insurance plan and are covered by a fully paid disability insurance policy.
As you may guess, office deliveries (which were mainly done on Monday) have dropped significantly, The drop has been off-set by the increase in our home delivery business. Fortunately our staff will be able to stay busy and keep working - as safely as possible.
Although, bittersweet, it's been great to re-connect with so many former customers, We look forward to delivering to all of you. And thank you for trusting in us.
Unanticipated increase in orders + general hording = (hopefully) short term disruption to the supply chain
We have had a surge of new sign ups over the past several days that we had not fully anticipated. Thank you for the orders - although, we wish they were not prompted under such circumstances.
The increase has caught us off guard as well as many of our suppliers.The overall increase in demand has placed a great strain on the food supply chain - many of the suppliers are running short on products and more importantly on drivers and trucks to do the distribution. We hope that this will be resolved soon, but anticipate some disruption.
Shortages for certain items and last minute changes to box contents may be expected. If we are unable to deliver an item to you, we will do our best to give you as much forewarning as possible so you can make alternative arrangements.
We continue to closely monitor guidance from the CDC, FDA, federal, state and local authorities.
Our team is committed to delivering complete orders keeping safety a priority for both staff, customers and the general public.
Thank you for your support and patience.
We continue to follow CDC guidelines and have implemented additional sanitization protocols for staff in all phases of the operations (office, warehouse and delivery).
Unlike a grocery store, our products are not sitting on shelves accessible to the public and picked over. They are only handled by our employees.
All orders are picked by our staff and delivered in company owned vehicles. From receiving to delivering the groceries, on average only 1-2 people will be in contact with each item.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support,
Dear Boston Organics Customer:
At Boston Organics, the health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Like most businesses, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Cold winter months aren’t usually what many have in mind when they consider fresh local produce. Snow, sleet, and cold winds are seemingly at odds with the bucolic ideal of fields exploding with fruits and vegetables on balmy days.
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Happy National Pizza Day! Skip the fast-food and make a homemade pizza you're going to enjoy. You're not a weirddough if you've never made a pizza at home before. You might be a little weird if you like pineapple on your pizza (Controversial opinions welcomed in the comments below!). It can be intimidating but all you'll knead is an oven. Invite family or friends over for a slice of fun.
Written by Bevi. Located in Charlestown, Bevi is disrupting the beverage supply chain by using intuitive, user-centered design to provide customizable, healthy beverages. The Bevi is an internet-connected smart water cooler that dispenses water still or sparkling, plain or flavored. Each drink is customizable, and the machine holds up to four distinct flavors. So next time you are looking to hydrate, ditch the plastic bottle and get a Bevi for your office or commercial space.
Jess Lynch is the founder of Wishroute. Jess started her career in consulting at PwC but started Wishroute when she was at Babson College getting her MBA and realized we have a wish epidemic ‐ she kept hearing friends say they wish they were exercising or eating healthier and something clicked.