We joke around that Ashley is our farm’s “commander.” Kidding aside, she’s the real deal—hard working, witty, and service-oriented.
Ask her what she does at the farm, and she’ll say, “Anything and everything.”
A managerial title would suit her, but she’s not inclined to behold any ego-driven title. We all know, however, the Apple Farm’s success depends upon her.
She busily hires seasonal help in early August. She makes sure that thorough to-do lists are completed. She reminds us of what curb-side pick-up orders are ready. She ensures shelves are stocked and accurately priced. She serves up fine cups of espressos and lattes, no matter the time of day, teaching everyone else along the way.
And that’s not all.
She’s a “boss” on the forklift, hoisting 1500-pound apple bins onto our sorting and pressing lines. On Sundays, she ensures all things are set for cider pressing, including our high-tech, cold pasteurization UV machine.
After long days, she power washes our press and conveyer belts to ensure everything is safely sanitized. Yes, it’s a “dirty job,” but she does not shy away from messes. She’s in the trenches with the rest of us, like any commander ought to be. What must be done, she gets done. And she’ll remind us, “We signed up for this, so let’s get to it!”
Ashley is a strong, reflective leader—heart and soul. She is fiercely loyal to the farm’s mission of providing quality produce, as well as our orchards where people find solace and appreciation of nature.
When you stop in and happen to meet her, you will be greeted by someone Victor, NY and agriculturalists are proud of!