Hi guys! First off - wow.
I'll admit to some shame when it comes to our ability to provide updates on this site. In that same thought, I feel like I have to tell the story now and perhaps gain some insight along the way.
There were a few reasons we tried this. COVID has just hit and we were stuck inside like everyone, wondering when things might go back to some relative normal. We felt food and income security creep into our thoughts on a more regular basis. The kids all ended up at home, including our oldest who was at university. Suddenly everyone was together and wanted to do something, but what would that something be?
One of the hobbies Mike brought with him was growing plants indoors, and when it is -55 C outside living plants kind of stick out. Everyone in the family was drawn into it, whether going to the greenhouse to look at house plants or hydroponically growing greens because we were going insane trying to find good lettuce during the winter. It was alive and it was something to take care of and keep busy with. Heck, there are even articles all over the internet with people saying the same thing about rediscovering their plants during COVID.
We had a few lights kicking around. We could go buy seed trays. We wanted a garden this year regardless. So we set up some tables in the garage and planted a lot extra, thinking someone would want it all. How horribly right and horribly wrong we were.
We really didn't know what to expect so we filed articles of incorporation in case we sold a lot. We got our licenses in place for a small home based business. No big deal. We posed it as an entrepreneurship project to the kids in a time when the schools were completely shut down. The kids are all watering every day. Morgann is potting like a superhuman. We start talking about strawberries. We start talking to friends. We realize we need a lot of strawberries. We realize this is going to happen with the other things growing in the trays. We realize we don't have anywhere near enough of anything.
People did not care. We had stuff under lights that we still wanted bigger before selling. People made offers on everything that wasn't nailed down. It was absolutely nuts. Delivery was very in style during the spring, especially given COVID. We were all over the place running a very hastily thrown together family project that was suddenly looking like a (successful) business.
When herbs and vegetables started to wind down, we start buying plants from everywhere we could find them. We started doing perennial flowers, trees, shrubs, really anything anybody would buy in the greenhouse stock space. We reached out to very established greenhouses in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They were amazing. We traded stock with them to keep things available to people who couldn't drive into the city. All sorts of things. It was obvious that the greenhouse business did well this year and everyone pulled together to try and help customers. It was neat to watch.
So now we are in a very interesting position where we can do this at a scale and capability we couldn't last year. We've decided to embrace it. We've started working out ordering with all of the greenhouses we worked with this year, which means that we will extend the opportunity to our customers to peruse the catalogs over the winter and pre-order anything that one may want for 2021 season. We will stage the stock in Saskatoon and make sure that we get it to you in the time-frame you're looking for.
We will be adding new products throughout the winter, and anything on the site is something that we've already worked out with the nurseries for next year. It 's about 10% of what we can actually source - meaning that if you want something not on the site please reach out and let us know what you're looking for. I can add it to our orders at any time. Generally, quality will be higher and prices will be lower at Highwind in 2021. We're truly excited for both, and to continue bringing top notch customer service to Saskatchewan.
Thank you for everything this 2020 season, and we look forward to serving you through the winter and into 2021. Don't forget that we are booking landscaping services for next year already. The calendar is filling up fast, so give us a call if you want us in your yard next year.
Mike, Morgann, Keyanna, Didi, & Sara