I am pleased to report that everyone survived opening weekend! And we had a lot of fun, too. What could have been a tense, high-stress weekend was really enjoyable. I work with some truly spectacular people.
Today’s tours went well. The “tourists” were engaged and interested and asked a lot of good questions. We have such a wide variety of customers and it’s fun getting to talk to people and hear why they come to Wyebrook. For some it’s all about the taste, for some it’s the environmental/ethical aspect, for some it’s convenience, for some it’s pure curiosity. Everyone’s at a different place in their relationship with their food which makes for great conversation. One guy this morning definitely knew more than I did and probably could have led the tour for me! On the other end of the spectrum we have those who look back with blank stares when I use terms like “sustainable agriculture.” That’s one of the things I love about Wyebrook. The café draws such a diverse crowd – who doesn’t love burgers and live music? – and opens up channels of communication with people who otherwise might never think about how their food was raised and prepared. The hope is that once they see and taste the difference, they’ll start to care about sustainability as much as we do!
There were quite a few questions on the tours about breeding practices, gestational periods, etc. which I didn’t have answers to so I’ve got some homework to do before next weekend. I think I’ll map out birth-to-slaughter and birth-to-reproduction timelines for each of the animals we have so I can get it all straight in my head.