Fresh thinking helps Ancaster's Fora Outdoor Living weather the COVID-19 storm

News Jun 15, 2020 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

Back in February, Fora Outdoor Living was planning a big grand opening weekend on May 1 and 2, showcasing the Ancaster garden centre, greenhouse and outdoor kitchen demonstration area.

Needless to say, those plans changed in mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Still, as Steve DeJong explained, Fora has continued to serve the public, initially with curbside pickup, and now, with full customer access to the greenhouse while observing physical distancing protocols.

“We’re thankful that we were allowed to open,” said DeJong, Fora’s marketing and events co-ordinator. “We did OK. We’re not complaining.”

Fora opened last fall at the site of the former Acer Garden Centre at 591 Fiddlers Green Rd.

At the start of this year’s growing season, vegetable plants and annuals were flying off the shelves.

Earlier this year, the business hosted a Mohawk College City School mobile classroom, before the program was cut short by coronavirus restrictions.

During the pandemic, Fora has acted as a pickup location for Produce Express, which provides customers with a weekly supply of preordered fresh produce.

Customers place their orders by a Wednesday deadline for contactless, drive-through pickup on Fridays. About 250 families are currently using the service.

Fora owner Marty Verhey said the garden centre operated with online ordering and curbside pickup for six weeks earlier this spring, before opening with social distancing protocols on May 1.

The garden centre includes a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, suitable for demonstrations, workshops and social gatherings. It’s designed to showcase outdoor appliances, like pizza ovens. Once COVID-19 restrictions are eased, Verhey hopes to use the area for special events.

“The idea is to have a year-round business,” he said. “We just take it day by day now.”

Fresh thinking helps Ancaster's Fora Outdoor Living weather the COVID-19 storm

591 Fiddlers Green Rd.

News Jun 15, 2020 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

Back in February, Fora Outdoor Living was planning a big grand opening weekend on May 1 and 2, showcasing the Ancaster garden centre, greenhouse and outdoor kitchen demonstration area.

Needless to say, those plans changed in mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Still, as Steve DeJong explained, Fora has continued to serve the public, initially with curbside pickup, and now, with full customer access to the greenhouse while observing physical distancing protocols.

“We’re thankful that we were allowed to open,” said DeJong, Fora’s marketing and events co-ordinator. “We did OK. We’re not complaining.”

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Fora opened last fall at the site of the former Acer Garden Centre at 591 Fiddlers Green Rd.

At the start of this year’s growing season, vegetable plants and annuals were flying off the shelves.

Earlier this year, the business hosted a Mohawk College City School mobile classroom, before the program was cut short by coronavirus restrictions.

During the pandemic, Fora has acted as a pickup location for Produce Express, which provides customers with a weekly supply of preordered fresh produce.

Customers place their orders by a Wednesday deadline for contactless, drive-through pickup on Fridays. About 250 families are currently using the service.

Fora owner Marty Verhey said the garden centre operated with online ordering and curbside pickup for six weeks earlier this spring, before opening with social distancing protocols on May 1.

The garden centre includes a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, suitable for demonstrations, workshops and social gatherings. It’s designed to showcase outdoor appliances, like pizza ovens. Once COVID-19 restrictions are eased, Verhey hopes to use the area for special events.

“The idea is to have a year-round business,” he said. “We just take it day by day now.”

Fresh thinking helps Ancaster's Fora Outdoor Living weather the COVID-19 storm

591 Fiddlers Green Rd.

News Jun 15, 2020 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

Back in February, Fora Outdoor Living was planning a big grand opening weekend on May 1 and 2, showcasing the Ancaster garden centre, greenhouse and outdoor kitchen demonstration area.

Needless to say, those plans changed in mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Still, as Steve DeJong explained, Fora has continued to serve the public, initially with curbside pickup, and now, with full customer access to the greenhouse while observing physical distancing protocols.

“We’re thankful that we were allowed to open,” said DeJong, Fora’s marketing and events co-ordinator. “We did OK. We’re not complaining.”

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Fora opened last fall at the site of the former Acer Garden Centre at 591 Fiddlers Green Rd.

At the start of this year’s growing season, vegetable plants and annuals were flying off the shelves.

Earlier this year, the business hosted a Mohawk College City School mobile classroom, before the program was cut short by coronavirus restrictions.

During the pandemic, Fora has acted as a pickup location for Produce Express, which provides customers with a weekly supply of preordered fresh produce.

Customers place their orders by a Wednesday deadline for contactless, drive-through pickup on Fridays. About 250 families are currently using the service.

Fora owner Marty Verhey said the garden centre operated with online ordering and curbside pickup for six weeks earlier this spring, before opening with social distancing protocols on May 1.

The garden centre includes a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, suitable for demonstrations, workshops and social gatherings. It’s designed to showcase outdoor appliances, like pizza ovens. Once COVID-19 restrictions are eased, Verhey hopes to use the area for special events.

“The idea is to have a year-round business,” he said. “We just take it day by day now.”