Pete here, proud owner and creator of Fare and Just Kitchen. I have a couple of things to share with you but before I do I want to say “Thank you!!” You all have been so amazing this past summer rolling with all the changes. With that being said I’m hoping in the fall to be able to reimplement phone orders.
All right, I know it seems like we were just closed last week and we were. The thing is every year my wife and I take our vacation at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. We are always at the mercy of when we can get accommodations. It turns out this year it is the weekend after Labor Day so we will be closed that week and I am extending that closure to the following week so I can really concentrate on having some downtime, maybe even getting to the beach. Thank you for understanding. Though you only see Fare and Just open Thurs-Sunday, it’s pretty non-stop for me as even when I’m not open, I’m working- shopping, placing orders, paying bills, prepping, etc. I love Fare and Just and all of you and am in it for the long haul but can only be at my best if I take care of myself and my family. Fare and Just will be closed September 9-19. We will reopen Thursday, September 23rd.
Ok, deep breath, and here is the second thing. I need to raise my prices again. I have been trying so hard not to pass on the price increases I am paying for goods but I don’t feel like I can continue to comfortably operate shouldering these expenses. To give you an idea of what I am talking about, Just this week Brussel sprouts increased by $20 from last week. Essentially, throughout the summer I have watched all my produce increase in price. Packaging, too. A case of to-go containers now costs $80 when the last order placed was $56. In the past year, vinyl gloves have gone from a $100 case to a whopping $250 a case. Upon return from vacation, most of my entrees and smoothies will increase by at least a dollar. Rather than decreasing the size of my offerings, I need to raise my prices to offset the dramatic increases in food and other costs.
In closing, I want to thank you all again for your patience this summer and your continued support. This has been an immensely challenging year for us getting deliveries on time and missing most of July with a tick-borne illness. It has also been an incredibly rewarding year seeing new faces and returning customers alike. Everyone has been polite, patient, and supportive, and even generous (grateful for the gofundme donations and to Ariana for starting the campaign!) I’m excited to continue with the mission of providing delicious animal-friendly cuisine.