We’ll be open on Christmas Eve from 9 AM to 2 PM for last minute shopping and gift card purchases, and then we’ll be closed until Monday, December 29th. Our half price after Christmas sale will begin on Monday the 29th at 9AM and run through Tuesday at 5PM. Then we will close for the winter and will reopen in March.
We hope that you will have a great Holiday and a wonderful New Year! See you in the Spring! (Meanwhile, check out this blog and web site to keep up with what is happening behind the scenes at Ferda’s. Even though we aren’t open for business in the winter, we are busy planning and refreshing for our reopening in the Spring.)
While all of you are finishing your Christmas shopping, we’re having our first Spring planning meeting on Tuesday. We’re deciding what new plants to grow and when to grow them. As soon as we close for the winter and take our physical inventory, we’ll start tearing down displays, cleaning, repainting, and rebuilding them so that everything will look fresh and new when you come back next year. We know the anticipation that you will have for Spring after a bout of winter– especially this winter. And we’ll be ready with beautiful, exciting new plants. We can hardly wait! How about you?
I just read a Health.com report which rated the major grocery chains to find the “healthiest” ones. The winners were Whole Foods (National, with the closest to us being in Pittsburgh), Safeway (National), Harris Teeter (Southeast US), Trader Joe’s (National, with the closest to us being near Dayton), Hannaford (Northeast US), Albertson’s (Western US), Food Lion (Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states), Publix (Southeast), Pathmark (Mid-Atlantic), and Super-Target (National). Wegman’s would have made the list, but the researchers thought the chain was too small to make the cut.
What do you notice about all these stores? None of them is available in our area! Is it any wonder we have the problems with obesity and other food related illnesses here? We have no really good choices for shopping healthy; we have to ferret out the good stuff in Kroger or IGA or Riesbeck’s. (I think Riesbeck’s would have the best chance of making the list of any of our local grocery chains.)
The answer? Some suggestions I’ve made before. Shop your area farmers market. Buy from roadside stands. Grow your own. Cook at home.
We can help with one of those. We’ll have more choices for the grow-your-own contingent. Watch the blog throughout the winter for news about those new varieties and choices. We will be closed, but we’ll still be busy behind the scenes getting ready for a Spring with new challenges… and new opportunities.