We have all heard this cliché many times in our lives, but never has it been so literally true as in this past few weeks here at Emily’s Produce. We literally had to close our doors to our customers like millions of other small businesses, and we had to find ways to continue to provide fresh foods for the people of our community. In our case, we opened our windows to provide walk-up service. This is one way that our customers can still access our goods and we can still provide our services to those who need them.
These last several weeks have challenged all of us, but it is truly amazing to see how flexible and adaptive our communities can be when we are all joined by a common foe. There really is something to the American Spirit in the way folks rally around those in need, and show appreciation for those on the front lines. But more than that, American ingenuity finds ways to open windows when doors slam shut, and continues to get things done.
The days in isolation continue, but spring calls on us to keep going, keep planting, and looking forward. At Emily’s people are excited to see hanging baskets and flowerpots overflowing with colorful flowers and herbs. Daily, our customers ask with great anticipation when fresh strawberries from our fields will be available. These days have us longing for brighter days ahead, and I’m bolstered by the belief that we will continue to figure this thing out, finding windows that will keep our team members protected, provide high quality products for our customers, and looking ahead to the joyful day when we can fling our doors wide open again!