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The Christmas greenery operation at Taft Farms in Great Barrington can be massive, According to owner Dan Tawczynski, a wreath has to be made every six minutes to keep up with orders. Dan Tawczynski, who has owned Taft Farms in Great Barrington for 65 years, says that some of the only people who won't let the closed Division Street bridge stop them from making long detours to get to his store are the fisherman who surely will come when it's time to break the ice.
Nancy Hiser finishes a variety of pies at Taft Farms in Great Barrington for the 1, orders to be filled. After a sudden, state-ordered bridge shutdown in September started hurting the Love in great barrington business, local ministry raised money to buy a newspaper ad so that more residents and businesses would flock to the Park Street farm store for pies and prepared food, and for wreath and Christmas tree shopping.
It's taken a hard cut to his profits during what is his busiest season. A local ministry raised money, for instance, to buy a newspaper ad so that more residents and businesses would flock to the Park Street farm store for pies and prepared food, and for wreath and Christmas tree shopping. But the everyday customer who pops in on the way to and from work is no more, unless they are willing to take the time to "go around" the bridge and use another route to get to Taft Farms. Tawczynski, who has owned Taft for 65 years, said ice fishermen are some of the only people who won't let the closed Division Street bridge stop them from making the long detours to get here.
When they want to go fishing, a bridge being out — that doesn't bother them.
They'll go around. Tawczynski laughed. But it is this "going around" business that has aggravated the whole town and even rippled into other communities after the state ordered the bridge closed Sept. It is the second bridge in town in a year to be closed because of disrepair from decades of neglect.
Adding to the woes, next summer, the supports under the Brown Bridge north of downtown will be reinforced, reducing it to one lane at times. It also put a 9-mile detour between Tawczynski and his pumpkin patch during his busiest season leading up to Halloween. He was so frustrated that he considered squeezing his forklift with a pallet into the bike lane to cross the bridge. But he restrained himself. Tawczynski has pleaded with town officials: install a temporary bridge, use his land however they need — anything.
All to no avail. Permitting around the Housatonic River is strict, and a new or repaired bridge will take about three years to complete. Curry also oversees the massive Christmas greenery operation, in which a wreath has to be made every six minutes to keep up with orders, according to Tawczynski. Curry is now behind the bakery counter, fielding a steady stream of what eventually will be 1, pie sales.
She attributes the 38 percent dive in earnings since the bridge closed to a loss of workers who make pit stops here. In the winter, the deli pumps in 75 percent of Taft's total profits. Martha Donovan Love in great barrington. The Sheffield-based garden deer and Taft loyalist had "deliberately" made a detour so she could stop in for something to eat while picking up holiday supplies for her clients.
She is not alone. Along with The Red Lion Inn and the "half of Stockbridge" that Taft decorates, other local institutions with healthy Christmas budgets placed orders, Curry said. Fairview Hospital alone ordered wreaths as gifts for its employees.
And it was this that, in turn, gave Curry money to make deposits for the best fresh-cut greens and trees. Brad Spear, the general manager of the Shopper's Guide, was so moved by the gesture that he added color, expanded the size of the ad and added two weeks to the run time. It's still happening.
Taft, for instance, partners with Grace Church in Great Barrington for the nonprofit Gideon's Garden, for which students grow on some of Tawczynski's land and supply four food pantries with produce. Curry said that a lot of love and concern is flowing between Taft and the families who, for generations, have placed Christmas orders. And Tawczynski knows best how generosity can take unexpected turns. Inhe went to Siberia to help fellow farmers and realized that he had learned more from them.
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