Last month on the blog, we opened up about September representing new beginnings for us. Both as a family, and as a business. It always feels like the right time for change, evolution, growth, and – in general – everything just gets a whole lot busier.

With the pandemic in the mix, we’ve had a ton more added to our already overflowing plate; more than we’ve ever dealt with before. We’re sure a lot of you feel the same way, as well – things truly are quite different now. While we’re slowly finding our way back to the semblance of normalcy, things have definitely changed.

To be honest, we can hardly believe that it’s already October. When compared to September, October feels like a month that reminds us to be aware of the things that we’re grateful for.

For example, Thanksgiving is a holiday we love. One we celebrate every year, and it’s a time when we want everyone to feel welcome to come together to spend time around the table. Our products are made for everyone to enjoy; products that you don’t need to live a life free from gluten to enjoy.

As we’re writing this, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Our entire team has been working around the clock and has started to process your orders for delivery and pick-up; preparing to bake everything fresh to send out to you all ahead of the big holiday weekend.

In particular, this year feels a bit strange because some of us may not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family unit. Close relatives may live out of province, or even out of country, and there are a number of restrictions brought on by the pandemic that could be keeping some of us apart.

Regardless of all this, we will do everything in our power to keep showing up to prepare and to ship out eats and treats to you, to your loved ones living away, or to friends/family members who just means the world to you.

It should go without saying that we really wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for you. That has always been the case, but 2020 presented challenges that we never thought possible; challenges that we weren’t sure if we were ready to conquer.

So many local businesses, us included, questioned our ability to make ends meet and to stay afloat. Some are continuing to struggle and are only hanging on because of the support from their local communities. Yes, that’s right. It’s because of YOU.

If you’re reading this, you are the reason we are able to continue to show up to do what we love. The ongoing support and compassion that the gluten-free community has shown to us over the years still leaves us speechless. By ordering the products you love, you are making it possible for us to keep delivering them to your door.

As small business owners based here on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, we’re astonished by the support that folks have shown us over these 10+ years that we’ve been in business. We wouldn’t have made it this far if you didn’t decide to graciously include us in your regular grocery budget.

Perhaps it’s because everything is made by hand at the Schoolhouse in Martin’s Point, in small artisanal batches? Could it be because we never compromise on quality, and we use/source the best-quality ingredients to ensure you always have the best experience? We think a lot of it has to do with the fact that you’re all just so gosh darn awesome and you love what we do. And we really, truly appreciate you for that.

All of this to say, we’re eternally grateful. As we mentioned above, October is a month where we like to reflect on what we’re grateful for. We’re grateful for our retail/wholesale partners and our market customers. For our local suppliers. For you, our valued customers, both locally and all across the country.

On top of it all, we’re grateful for our family and friends, our twins, and the beautiful nature that surrounds us here in the heart of Nova Scotia.

Take some time this month to reflect on what you’re most grateful for. Write it down. Keep it somewhere safe. When times get tough, revisit it and read through the list as a reminder of the good things. The things that keep us motivated to stay strong and resilient.

As always folks, stay safe out there. Have a wonderful week ahead and we hope Thanksgiving, while different from other years, is still special in its own unique way.

Onward and up,
Jen, Aidan & Team Schoolhouse

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