Hello again everyone.
Lambing has now concluded here at Coombe Farm Organic. Seeing the beautiful lambs leaping in the fields is certainly a welcome distraction from all of the uncertainty that surrounds us right now. I hope that you are finding little pockets of joy during these trying times, but more importantly that you and your loved ones are safe and well.
As we move into May and onwards to the Summer, it would usually be thoughts of catering barbecues and parties that's at the forefront of our minds. This year however, things are very different and instead of tempting you with burgers, bangers and chicken wings, I’m going to update you on how the month ahead is panning out at Coombe Farm Organic.
Order patterns have now settled, as have our new ways of working, and our team have become incredibly efficient at packing the same amount of orders in a day as we were previously doing in a week. We have also worked really hard to keep our key products in stock and this will continue to improve in the coming weeks. This includes Organic Chicken – which as of this week is now much improved thanks to the efforts of our farmer who is able to supply us with more chicken that would have been destined for restaurants.
At the end of last week we were able to open up a significantly larger amount of delivery slots that will take us 3 weeks ahead (up until May 23rd). We are also re-introducing Free Delivery with a slightly amended threshold of £90.
For those of you who live locally to the farm, we’ve just re-opened our Click and Collect service. We have converted the café on site into a little shop with some additional local and organic products that can be purchased when making your collection. To make sure we keep staff and customers safe, we have a clearly marked out one-way route around the shop and will ensure regular cleaning, hand sanitization and social distancing measures are enforced.
We are still feeling grateful that our greatest challenge is working out how to best keep up with demand from our customers. The nations food and farming industry is facing many bigger issues - fruit and vegetable farms, usually dependent on seasonal workers from Europe, are short of 80,000 pickers and running the risk of food going to waste in the fields. If you're furloughed or have time to spare, we'd encourage you to sign up to help at pickforbritain.org.uk. There are also many reports of milk having to be thrown away by dairy farmers as cafe and restaurant demand disappears. In response, many farms and small business are setting up some amazing initiatives - impromptu milk rounds, veg deliveries; look out for opportunities to buy direct from these small businesses where you can.
I want to personally thank you all for supporting Coombe Farm Organic during this incredibly challenging time. We have taken pride and an incredible sense of responsibility in continuing to serve you our organic produce, as best we can.
I wish you all the very best of health and remain, as ever, available to answer any questions you might have.