Changes in 2020 …

 
 
 

A slightly different year….

Eight years ago we found the farm. With more than a little help from our friends it took us two years to clear the overgrown fields, remove the decrepit buildings and create what is now our home and business at Little Ghent Farm. We’ve had chickens and pigs on the land for seven years. The farm store has been open for five years, the farm stay for three and this year will be our fifth hosting workshops and small company retreats.

During that time our lives and family have evolved and the area of Ghent has developed a wider following because there is more on offer which is great. Along the way we’ve made tweaks to our business in response to these changes, as we learned what works best for our customers and what we need to do to make the whole operation viable. 

In 2020 we’ve decided to rethink the direction we want to take in general and specifically how the farm store works.

Firstly, it is important to say now that we wouldn’t be here doing this if it wasn’t for the amazing support and encouragement we have had from mentors, family, friends, team members, neighbours and customers. Thank you all for helping to make our dream and vision a reality. Secondly, we are not going away! We will continue to offer our farm stay, host inspiring workshops and create custom events for organisations and groups who want to take some time out to enjoy time together at the farm. Also, bread is a way of life here so that’s staying. More on all this soon.

In previous years we have opened the farm store in April and closed for the winter at the end of December. During this nine month season the store and kitchen has been open between three and five days a week which means six to seven days of work to make that happen. Understandably there is an ebb and flow in terms of visitor numbers. Over time the pattern has changed. Sometimes, in terms of predicting this, it’s obvious, sometimes it’s not. As you will know everything we sell is raised here or made here at the farm. There is a great deal of thought, ahead of time, to figure out how how much freshly prepared food to make each week and how to ensure the talented resources are on-hand to create it.

So we’re turning things around a little and revamping our farm store and kitchen hours to specific days and times when we can predict solid demand. This includes Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th weekend, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, around Soup Club, as well as a few other occasions that we will confirm as the year unfolds. The best way to stay up to date with our offerings and opening times will be to ensure you are receiving our newsletter, check the website or follow Made In Ghent on Instagram.

Having established that plan please know that we will also be able to offer our pasture raised, organically-fed pork, chicken and eggs in addition to jams, frozen soups/prepared foods and ice cream in the summer by letting us know when you would like to collect or by contacting us about custom orders. We already have a number of customers visiting the farm on this basis.

This revised way of working in 2020 will allow us to keep providing the delicious food expected from us and provide the time for us to develop other projects, spend time with family and evolve what Little Ghent Farm is all about.

Thank you again for being a part of this. We look forward to seeing everyone during 2020.

First up is a Mother’s Day menu on Saturday, May 23rd. We will share details of this nearer the time. 

 

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