I must admit that Black Friday is not one of our busy days of the holiday season. So, I suppose, you could chalk this post up to “sour grapes.” But there must be something wrong with a day that the media pushes as the busiest shopping day of the year that results with people being trampled and killed over being the first shopper in line at at “the mall” or getting that scarce toy. How important, really, is getting more “stuff”? The “real meaning” of Christmas gets buried under an onslaught of greed.
Happy Thanksgiving 2008
There is no more appropriate time than Thanksgiving to say how much we at Ferda’s appreciate your continued friendship. It is said that most businesses fail in the first 5 years. 2009 will be our 30th year in business, so I guess that says that we are a success. And the credit for our success belongs to you. We are blessed to have you trust us to be your garden center.
We hope that you, and all who are important to you, have a wonderful holiday!
You’ve heard of DIY, (Do-It-Yourself) of course. Now we have GIY, Grow-It-Yourself.
The Grow-It-Yourself movement moves to the forefront to deal with the issues we are facing for the next year (at least):
1. The safety of our food supply in light of recent “food scares”.
2. Cutting back our spending in ways that make sense.
3. The health problems associated with the consumption of too much pre-packaged and fast food (food allergies and obesity among them.)
4. Our carbon footprint, which deals with how far products have to travel and how much fuel is used to transport them to the markets where we shop to buy them.
We think these issues are very important, and we know you do, too.
Our plans for spring of 2009 include additions to the varieties of modern and heirloom vegetable plants that we will be growing for you, as well as the number of fruit varieties that you’ll find here. You’ll find organic fertilizers and remedies to offer you a safer solution for what ails your plants. (We will also still carry the chemical solutions.) We’ll have information available in the store and online to help first-time food gardeners be successful.
The Holiday edition of the Leaflet (our newsletter, but you knew that, right?) went to the printer on Monday, so it should be on its way to you next week. Don’t forget– this is the last one we will be mailing. From this point on, we’ll be sending them more often (monthly instead of quarterly) and via your email. So make sure we have your current email address if you want to continue to get it.
If you don’t do anything else tomorrow, get out and VOTE! The future leader of the country is going to be chosen. Make sure your opinion about who that should be gets heard.
Our grave blanket price lists will go out next week to the customers who have ordered grave blankets, pillows, wreaths and sprays from us in the past few years. If you have ordered from us before and do not receive your order form/price list by the weekend, please let us know and we’ll get one right out to you.
The greens arrived from up north today, and we’ll begin making blankets next week. If you haven’t seen our blankets, stop in toward the end of the week and we’ll have some of all the sizes made up that you can take a look at, or buy if you want to place the blanket yourself.
We make a blanket in straw on a sturdy wooden frame rather than on styrofoam as some garden centers do. This makes the blanket heavier, helping to prevent it from flipping over in the wind, and the straw absorbs rain and snow to help keep the greens fresher longer. We deliver the blankets and pillows to the local cemeteries at no charge; delivery to outlying cemeteries may incur an additional charge. We also make less expensive sprays that are intended as a cash and carry way to go, but they can also be delivered locally for an additional charge.
This year we also have an expanded selection of Christmas-themed artificial sprays on easels. These can be viewed on our feature wall to the right of the side door.