If you have visited Merridale, we may have met! I’m Janet, and you can usually find me in the Farmhouse greeting our guests, meeting with my team, and helping out in the Eatery whenever possible. My partner, Rick and I purchased the Merridale property some twenty years ago and have been working, living, and raising our family here ever since.
My own family is something I am super proud of – and grateful for. I am a proud mother and daughter. I have three amazing children, one incredibly smart and beautiful grandchild, and I am blessed to have not one – but two mothers. To me, being a mom is the most important job that I will ever do, so I suppose it’s not surprising that Merridale is family-run and that my eldest works here. Jason joined the family business when barely out of his teens, and he has grown up at Merridale in more ways than one. I have watched with great pride as he has honed his business skills by tackling a variety of different positions within our company. Now our General Manager, I am honoured to work alongside him, as we continue to grow Merridale and start new ventures.
There are some pretty incredible working moms on our team. From our Eatery and tasting bar staff to our cellar team, weddings team and grounds crew, these amazing women manage to juggle home life and work and show up every day with grace and competence. We are so grateful for their contribution and to have them working at Merridale. To all of you - thank you for choosing to be a part of our team.
Lastly, we want to recognize all the moms who come through our door in Cobble Hill, or who support us by choosing Merridale products. We love hosting you at the Eatery, whether you’re celebrating a birthday or a wedding, or simply enjoying an afternoon of lunch and cider tastings with your family or friends. We hope that by visiting our farm or raising a glass of craft cider allows you to relax and be celebrated – as you should be! Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your life, and your special celebrations.
This Sunday, May 12, we’ll be celebrating moms with a Mother’s Day brunch buffet here at Merridale, and we are SOLD OUT! You can still come to the farm to walk through the orchard, enjoy a cider tasting in the lounge, and shop in the farm store. Bring your mom, your grandma, your sister, your partner, your child, or your friends! We recommend picking up a bottle of champagne-style Celebration Cider and toast to mom at home. Whether we see you this weekend or not, we wish you the very best and a very Happy Mother’s Day wherever you are.