During times like these, we must all adapt to new thinking, and ways of doing things.
Our caring staff have all been at home caring for their own families since March 11th. We have been isolating ourselves here on the farm since March 12th. All of our extended Stems Flower Farm family, we are happy to report, are in great health.
We have adopted the prescribed cleanliness protocols offered by Public Health Canada when handling and processing your order.
For our Canada Post shipped services, we have already worked out contactless pick up with our Letter Carrier at CP. Canada Post has assured us that, “The World Health Organization (WHO) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have assured us it is safe to handle mail…”. “According to the PHAC, there is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages. In general, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is a low risk of spread from products or packaging shipped over a period of days or weeks. Currently, there is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted by imported goods or packages.”
We follow the PHAC and WHO daily for any changes and updates. The safety of our family and yours is of utmost importance to us at this time.
At this time we are receiving an equally unprecedented number of emails, phone calls, and website inquiries, for clarification and to save you some time, listed below are the answers to the majority of the questions:
What does Currently Sold Out mean?
We are restocking our store the week of April 20, 2020. We have stock of flower seed and vegetable seed still in our inventory, in order to retain our shipping schedule we are trying to balance building inventory and packing orders for delivery during this time of unprecedented demand. Any single item may show out of stock but if you have signed up for email notifications on an out of stock item, you will be the first to know when we have it available in the store.
What are Shipping Costs & Times?
We have re-jigged our shipping over the last two weeks as a result of the increased volume that Canada Post is handling. As of April 17, we have been experiencing 2 to 3 weeks for untracked lettermail to arrive within the province of Ontario, and even longer for all other parts of Canada. We have eliminated this option for all but the purchase of a couple of packs, due to the amount of emails and phone calls pertaining to order location. We now offer a discounted rate for tracked expedited service for orders up to $89, and of course orders over $89 are free shipping. Even this service is taking a little longer than normal, but still within a few days coast to coast. When your order ships you receive a shipping confirmation with your tracking info on it, so you can track your own order with Canada Post. We trust this transparency will make it easier for everyone.
Our “number of days from order placement to fulfillment” is updated every 24 to 48 hours. With just our family packing orders here at the farm, the number of days is a best guesstimate based on the volume of orders we can normally process in a 24 hour period. Please keep in mind that it is an outlook based on the average size of orders we expect over the time period and the total number of orders received during that period which can vary.