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@Home with Rohani Foulke
Rohani Foulkes is the owner of Folk and The Farmer’s Hand in Corktown. Rohani responded quickly to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 health crisis. She transitioned her full-service restaurant into a hybrid neighborhood marketplace. It’s the spot to find everything from fresh produce and local meat to dairy, eggs, dry goods, beans and even toilet paper. She offers provisions through an online ordering system for delivery or curbside pick-up. Every Sunday-Thursday she offers a take-out menu of freshly-made breakfast items like grilled sandwiches, a daily quiche, Folk’s famous gluten-free waffle and other specials. Weekly fresh farm boxes and ready to heat and eat meals are also available. Foulkes is supporting her staff and other local families in need through a GoFundMe option - “Family Meal” donations. She’s truly an inspiration through this trying time. Here’s what we learned about Rohani Foulkes:
DCDT: Where are working from these days?
RF: “I live in the historic neighborhood of Hubbard Richard in Southwest Detroit. I'm undoubtedly spending most of my time at Folk these days. The business has required a lot of attention with all of the changes and significant impact caused by COVID. Hopefully that will level off soon and I can start spending more time at home with my family.”
DCDT: What’s the best part about working from home? The hardest?
RF: “I currently homeschool my 5-year-old daughter due to her school being closed. I am a trained teacher so I don't find it too much of a stretch to be teaching from home. But it can be difficult doing both at one time. I find myself having to very deliberately set ‘school time’ and work areas within our home. We recently turned our finished attic into a ‘school house.’”
DCDT: What digital platforms are you using most at this time?
RF: “All of them! I am almost always responding to emails and receiving text messages regarding relief and resource updates, orders, etc. I am also a part of a number of What'sApp groups with friends and family around the world. It's nice that we can real time chat, send videos, etc.
It's ironic that globalization has created this beast but at the same time affords us an incredibly means of connection to one another.”
DCDT: What’s your favorite option for delivery or carry-out?
RF: “To be honest I've had to be quite frugal in my own spending these days. I try to eat as many homemade meals as possible. That said, a hyper local family favourite is Sicily's Pizza on Vernor in Southwest Detroit. I know, pizza... there's a lot of pizza being eaten these days. But if you're going to eat pizza, try Sicily's. My husband introduced me to them. They hand make their own sourdough and offer various base, sauce and cheese options, all of which they make themselves!”
DCDT: How are you spending extra time?
RF: “I do cosmic yoga with my daughter before school. We're also cooking A LOT- baking, dinners, snacks etc. We've taken the time to deep spring clean and organize the house. We listen to a lot of family chill time tunes. We've also implemented Friday movie nights for some fun and consistent family time dedicated to the kids. There are also a number of similar aged children that live on our street. Because they can't play together they've been making gifts and crafts for one another and leaving them with notes on front porches - it's very sweet to watch their eyes light up when they get one.”
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