Speaking of that particular person, he happens to be our coffee roaster. Have you tried Cornerstone’s beans yet? If you have not, you are creating and longer and longer period of time in your life that you will never get back during which you could have been in your own personal coffee paradise. I say “personal” because as good as Roy’s beans are, if you want them tweaked this way or that, he can and will do it. Give them a shot. I’d be remiss here if I didn’t also mention that we have ravioli from Fasta, jellies and honeys from Demeter’s Garden and Lost Hollow Honey, a line of handmade soaps and lotions from Kathy Shimpf and an extensive varieties of dressings and sauces from both Sweet Heat Gourmet and the kids over at The Village Eating House who just celebrated their first birthday at the new location at the lights in Pleasant Gap. Living the Dream!
Among other things that have been on my mind, it has been percolating that I should tell you a bit more about our people. I have made mentions here and there about staff members but I think I would like to tell you a bit more in depth rather than just passing mentions. I will start with the center-point, Rich Corl. Its hard to know what to call Rich, I think officially he is titled operations manager but it really comes down to chief cook and bottle washer. From slaughter, to cooler, to cutting floor, to retail shop, to wholesale accounts, his fingers are in every pot. It’s a lot to ask of a person. In the development of RSMC, a lot of pressure has been placed on his shoulders. I think it is fair and I am fond of saying, we have had enough success to keep us going and enough failure to keep us sharp. When we looked at all of this a year and half or so ago, it all looked like unicorns and rainbows. We have all developed and Rich especially so. Watching him assume at the helm of a financially difficult and labor intensive business that he loves, I have come to know him and appreciate the skills and personality he brings to the job. It’s a process that can bring you to tears but he seems to be able smile in the face of all of it. That’s one of his tell-tale traits…his smile, he will always greet you with it. I will take this chance to acknowledge to Kim, Rich’s wife, and their daughters that I suspect that work-life balance is a difficult to think about with the stresses that Rich is under at the shop. We can appreciate what impact this must have on your family life and are working toward a day when this time looks like a worthwhile step toward a balanced, satisfying life for all of our families.
OK, to quickly wrap this up as I need to go (as always), we will be both at Meyers and the retail shop today. This is a great day to journey out to the shop. We are going to be bringing mainly frozen selections to the dairy today, the week just worked out in such a way that it seemed more sensible to prepare for today earlier in the week and freeze material. But at the shop we will have an extensive line of Grange Fair pork, and this stuff is beautiful! Not to be left behind, the beef is fantastic and the lamb is raised by our very own Mike Byers.
One way or another, we hope to see you someplace!