June 4, 2021, 2:53 pm
theresa mccabe says
June 4, 2021 at 8:34 pm
I’m wondering, have you taken the time to speak to Mr. Hoodyonk or have you ever experienced the venue firsthand? Because it seems to me your facts are not 100% accurate. How would I know…? I have visited the farm to experience this NON-restaurant, and I did recently speak to Mr. Hoodyonk as I wanted to understand the situation prior to my next booked experience in September.
The enterprise in question is owned by extended family members, and the zoning/land use issue seems to be a question of interpretation and not one of blatant disregard for bylaws. (Why would they be so public about their business for 7 years if they thought they were operating illegally I ask myself). I don’t believe they are trying to become a restaurant at all, nor are they trying to obtain a liquor license. And he indicated they had all the food safety/health inspections years ago, so obviously believed what they were investing in was above board. See first sentence. And trying to recoup Covid losses by adding a patio? Seems reasonable as indoor capacity limitations continue.
Much like where I live, it feels like in too many cases, authorities are not open minded enough to consider flexibility of land use when it supports the local economy, tourism, and promotes concepts that are good for our communities. I’m pleased that in this case, authorities have granted Backyard Farms the ability to continue operating, and in my opinion, the fact that an orchard/farm has even survived thus far instead of being turned into vineyard should be celebrated!
Operating a unique experience that is focused on mentoring enthusiastic local talent, educating patrons about the value of growing your own food, buying and drinking local, ya that sounds like a terrible idea…!
Good luck to the farm, I wish them continued success for many years to come!
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