This Friday, May 1st, is halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice. For some, this day is known as May Day or Beltane and is celebrated by leaving flowers on their neighbors' doors and other activities to welcome the season. Right now the weather and seasons parallel life. As we waiver between the cool days of early spring and the warm days of summer, we are also navigating our way between the uncertainties of this pandemic and finding a new normal.
Summer is coming and how that plays out for us here in Northern Michigan is still unknown. What we do know is that we are going to be here for you with the foods you depend on us for. We continue to have a full Grab and Go case at the Petoskey store for those of you who are looking for heat and eat options. We also continue to offer packaged hot soup daily at the Petoskey store and also have our Grab and Go and Freezer sections stocked with soup to-go from the Deli. We continue to receive regular shipments and we are taking extra measures to have the rice, broth, and flour you need. With the local growing season kicking off, you will start to see expanded local offerings as they become available.
We are and will continue to take social distancing and sanitization very seriously. A mask is required while inside our stores for the safety of all and per our governor’s order. Thank you for waiting outside when we are at capacity inside. We will be at the door letting you know if we need you to wait a few minutes until others have left. It is a gift you give to our staff and each other when you wait outside 6-feet apart. We know that all of this takes time and that a quick trip into the store isn’t what it once was, but we are all finding our way. We still have senior and immune-compromised hours from 9-10 AM daily and, if you are looking for a less congested time to shop, 6-8 PM might be something to consider.
Thank you for your patronage and the kind words of support of our team that you have been sharing with us. It might be fun on Friday to decorate your windows with flowers to say Happy May Day to your friends and neighbors. Or maybe a day out in the garden or the yard is just what you need to welcome a new month. We will be here with open doors should you be coming to see us. As always, it is an honor to serve you and we look forward to your next visit.