Grocery Life November 19, 2019
By Tom Butler
Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market.
I hope everyone is having a good week! We are gearing up for Thanksgiving
around here, and I am sure most of you all are doing the same. This year,
Thanksgiving falls late, so we are preparing for Christmas at the same time.
I think this makes about my 30th holiday season
here at the store and a lot of the staff have been here at least fifteen years.
We learn a little each year on how to make things go smoother, so the season is
not nearly as intimidating as it used to be. Really the only thing you need to
know at this store to get you through the holidays is NEVER run out of BEEF
TENDERLOIN! You can screw up everything else and probably get away with it but
don’t screw that up!! So far, we have never screwed that up. I think we also
have it under control for this year as well.
We made our initial order of beef tenderloin
Monday. We usually start with an order of eight to ten thousand pounds of it
and we will build from there as the weeks go by. If you think that sounds like
a lot, it is. You really realize it is a lot is when you get the bill for it
about ten days later. I used to want to throw-up when I would get the bill for
the initial order but after thirty years it becomes much easier to stomach. I
am sure if my wife knew how much money I had to bet each year on Christmas
business she would be throwing-up all the way to Christmas morning. I get it,
she seems to worry about things like the health and well-being of our children,
keeping all of our daily lives organized, and making sure the kids stay on the
right track for a successful future. All I ever have to worry about is NEVER
running out of BEEF TENDERLOIN at Christmas!!
Getting back to Thanksgiving, I want to remind
you about our Holiday Open House coming up this Saturday. It will be from 11:00
am until 2:00 pm. This is our biggest event of the year even though we only
advertise this event in the store and through this blog. While everyone is
welcome, it is designed for our customers and community as a show of appreciation
for all the support you give us! We sometimes worry that we don’t advertise it
enough but when we see the crowd show up on Saturday, the worry turns to panic
that we didn’t prepare enough food. I have learned through the years that
“word of mouth” is the best advertising… and especially potent in the Rocky
Some of the vendors coming this year include: Vienna coffee, Tomato Head, Cruze Farm, Blackberry Farm, Fanatic Brewery, Blue Bell ice cream, Mayfield Dairy, Carnathan Honey, Mamie’s Cheese Wafers, Toffee Treats, Heavenly Chocolate, Shrimp Dock, Cooks on the Curb, Barbara Tenney, Gringo Salsa and many more. They will all be sampling their products and sharing holiday recipes and ideas with you. Our staff will also be preparing some great meats, side items, and desserts for you to try as well. My advice would be not to eat before you come so you will have room to try everything.
Finally, as some of you have probably noticed
and may have already participated in, our annual Second Harvest food drive has
started in the store. This is a program we started several years ago. We make
available in the store, five- and ten-dollar food bags you can purchase and
donate to Second Harvest. We have already sent two pallets of food to Second
Harvest and we have two more pallets waiting to be picked up and the holidays
are just now getting started. I would love to take credit for this but all we
do is facilitate the program. It is your generosity that makes this program
such a success. I really appreciate all you do for the less fortunate among us
and am proud the store gets to play a small part in it. Keep up the great work!
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, it
should be a great kickoff to the holiday season!
As always, thanks for letting us be a part of
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