Dear Customers, Friends & Family,
It is with great difficulty that we have chosen to temporarily shut down our meat retailing operations. Since the fire, we have been faced with many decisions about moving forward. There was an initial plan for a semi-permanent market to be built immediately, and this plan understandably turned out to be a very expensive undertaking with significant hurdles including permitting. Currently, the option for us to remain open with Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market is to attend the outdoor pop-up markets that are now being held every Saturday until some time in the Fall (at which time there may be another plan for the vendors over the winter). This option simply does not work for us given the need to place a trailer and be constantly moving heavy equipment and inventory (essentially requiring more personnel & cost than we can justify). We are also very challenged by an inability to carry fresh product with only one sales day during the week, something that appears to be an expectation from customers. As many of you know, Symons Valley Ranch was our only location, one that worked extremely well for us (so to say, we are not entertaining other site options).
We have been taking some online orders recently for customer pick-up and have also determined this to no longer be feasible for us. For those who know us, you know that we are very active entrepreneurs and professionals who have many other things going on and we are choosing to redirect our focus at this time (including a brand new venture by Joan that suits her extremely well and that we are looking forward to announcing in the coming months!).
Our understanding is that a new, permanent market will be built at the Symons Valley Ranch site, with Development Permit expected to be secured by the developer as early as this Fall. We are very excited about this future opportunity and will look forward to reconnecting with you at that time.
We want to express our deep and sincere appreciation for all of the support during our near 4 years of operations. The hardest part of this decision is knowing that we are letting down our customers and fellow vendors, but it is simply the right decision for us right now.
Joan, Meaghan, Andy, Sarah, Tracy & Madison