More than 300 members of the Connecticut Shoreline community and beyond visited Roses for Autism at the Pinchbeck Farm on the afternoon of Saturday, January 26, 2013. Some came for the public tours and behind-the-scenes look at our operations, others wanted to learn more about our pioneering Career Training Program, and some just came in to take the chill out of a January New England day. Warm cider, warm faces, and the even warmer greenhouses greeted all, along with music, munchies, and an abundance of fresh-cut roses, lilies, and gerbera daisies – all specialties of the Pinchbeck Rose Farm well known to local customers.
Joan Volpe, Executive Director of Roses for Autism, greeted a steady stream of new faces – of all ages – from noon to 4, with early-birders and late-comers trickling in on both ends of the event. Attendees then roamed the premises, following their own curiosities to learn from our staff and career training participants about how our flowers are planted, pinched, cut, graded, marketed, packaged, shipped and/or otherwise sold to our customers.
RFA staff learned a bit from attendees as well – such as how some were not aware that we had a retail shop open to the public 6 days a week in addition to our online Flower Shop open 24/7. While sales in the retail area were brisk throughout the day, many others had their hearts on Valentine’s Days and their eyes on the rows and rows of Forever Yours roses growing in the greenhouses. Forever Yours sales have been a Pinchbeck tradition “forever” in Guilford this time of year – and now folks further along the Shoreline will know where to get that something special for that Someone Special.
With such a healthy turnout for our first Open House of the year, plans are already underway to host more. Until then, we hope to see more new faces pull off Route 1 in Guilford and up our driveway to our retail shop. Here new and returning customers will find our celebrated Pinchbeck flowers cut and sold fresh daily. More importantly, they’ll find our staff – those trained and in training – eager to greet all.