Yes, it’s the holiday season, marking the end of a disjointed, up and down year. Because of COVID, Bill and I are forgoing the seasonal house parties here at Mt. Folly. Instead of spend-the-nights, we are celebrating Christmas outside around a campfire, at the insistence of a retired doctor who always welcomes Christmas morning with us, our families, and our stockings.
For everyone I know, it feels a little lonely. In 2020, we’ve been cut off from friends, family, church, clubs…even business meetings are “contact-free” zoom calls and google hangouts. So how do we celebrate, stay in touch, let others know we love them and send our best?
For my part, I’ve ordered extra Christmas cards. This year, it’s no chore. I look forward to writing notes and mailing them off. We’ve also created a holiday shop on the Mercantile, with gifts which are helpful and fun. We have all sorts of CBD and hemp products, the certified organic hemp raised at Mt. Folly. We have Mt. Folly certified organic grains, milled on the farm into flour and grits.
New to our selection is merchandise from Wildcat Willy’s Distillery, a company we founded to be part of our sustainable circular economy, with Mt. Folly and other small holders at the center of the circle. We’ve also included coffee mugs from a local artisan, and organic fair-trade coffee to go in them. We have bourbon balls from beloved Ruth Hunt Candy company, coveted Townsend’s sorghum, and jam from a local farm family.
We know you could shop large. We hope you’ll shop small, but small with high quality standards. We’ll get your fine presents to their destination on time, wrapped and happy.
PS – I need to give a shout out to our farmers, cooks, and servers. Certainly, they are essential workers. Though our farm-to-table restaurant has been closed, operating at 50% capacity while open, and operating outside only, we’ve kept the faith. To learn more about our regenerative farm and our reboot of our food system, visit mtfollyfarm.com. You can follow our progress on facebook and Instagram.