Are you looking for local, sustainably-produced gifts, produce and goodies? Are you looking for a way to connect with the friendly folk at A Rocha on a regular basis? Are you looking for an outing with friends on a Saturday afternoon?

Look no further than A Rocha’s new and improved Farm and Gift Shop! And while you’re having a look, meet Audrey Epp, A Rocha Brooksdale’s competent and warm-hearted shop manager.

Audrey has been hard at work over the past couple months overseeing the relocation of the Farm and Gift Shop to its new location at the entrance of the Brooksdale site, nestled between the parking area and the big yellow barn.

With its new, more convenient location and its expansive and wheelchair-friendly porch, the new Farm Shop is destined to become a community gathering place at the A Rocha Centre.

When asked what she loves most about running the Farm Shop, Audrey had this to say:

“I love meeting our neighbors and building a sense of community around the store. The new store will be a hub for meeting new people and introducing them to the work of A Rocha. The first thing many people have been saying when they walk through the door is ‘I have been driving past this place for years and have always wondered what was going on here.’ I love telling them about A Rocha’s work and seeing people get excited about what we are doing.”

In addition to being a place for community engagement, the store is also a place where A Rocha’s field-fresh veggies are sold and where shoppers can be assured that the gifts they are buying are local and sustainably produced. In Audrey’s own words, “I love promoting local vendors who make fantastic, sustainable, handmade products — it’s a win-win for both the shopper and our local economy.”

The Farm and Gift Shop is currently open Tuesdays from 12 – 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. We are hoping to add more days soon so stay tuned and come see us soon!

Click here for more shop talk and store hours.