Til' next time,
Hey folks, I know you've been chomping at the bit for a farmstand update, but don't think for a second that my lack of posting reflects a lack of stuff getting done on the farm, quite the opposite is true in fact. The site has felt like a beehive these past couple weeks (a simile i believe I have used in the past, but is too fitting not to be put to use again), with many aspects of the farmstand being worked on simultaneously by several groups of skilled craftsmen doing what they do best. Matt the concrete guy, Matt the HVAC guy, Matt the plumber guy (no joke), Randy the electrician, Pedro the painter...etc. all stepping over each other to get this place humming as soon as possible. Meanwhile, our crew has been busy with getting the metal siding up. The metal in the front is totally finished, and there are just a few patches in the back that will require a little finesse, but that will be finished after just a couple hours work early next week. Then it will be onto pretty much our last task: covering up the seams between the barn wood siding with the battens we've been ripping from other barn wood. After that we'll probably get pulled into tying up loose ends and doing little stuff here and there to help finish the interior, but then the rest of the work is up to you guys to come out and test our work. It wouldn't be a farm store without you!
Here is some of Randy's handy work, the last of the lighting to go into the atrium. I can't get over the shadows and the reflection in the window, it makes the space really come to life. When we get to the site before 7am and it's still dark out, and we turn all the lights on in the atrium...the atmosphere it creates is quite incredible and should be experienced by all of you at some point (not necessarily before 7am, but some time when it's dark outside). I sometimes wish I could forget the last 6 months just so I could walk in and see the atrium like it was my first time, it's such an amazing space.
And, just like i promised, here is the part of the building that we've probably had the least amount to do with: the kitchen. We've had the courtesy of helping move a lot of these giant appliances into the room, but our new kitchen manager, Brenna, has been the one hard at work getting this mess organized, assembled, hooked up, and operating correctly. I can tell she's anxious to start cooking, which is fine with me because I'm anxious to start eating! She's been making promises about blueberry pancakes and I'm confident she'll follow through :)
Well, I hope you guys are as excited as we are! As the next couple weeks count down and we get closer and closer to the big opening I'll be doing some retrospective posts to reflect on everything we've accomplished this past year as a new farm, so keep your eyes peeled. I hope you have a great weekend!
Til' next time,
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