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Local farms making it easier to stay healthy during coronavirus pandemic

It’s tough to find healthy options to eat during the pandemic. So now, some local farms are stepping up to bring fresh fruits and veggies right from the farm and straight to your door.

“I know we’re stuck in the house and it’s easier to eat the cheaper food, but we also need the healthy,” said Amy Riker. She is trying to stay inside as much as she can during the pandemic. She ordered her produce from Hubbell Farms for the first time this weekend.

“We decided to go into delivery to keep people in their homes. You know, I think that is very crucial when you issue an order to stay at home. For our older and more needy population, that can be significant for them,” said Kelly Hubbell with Hubbell Farms.

The impacts of COVID-19 forced Frans Kox at East Fork Creek Gardens to make some changes.

“We had a strong following with chefs and all of the sudden those restaurants and country clubs closed and everybody got in a panic,” he said.

Now, he’s opening his farm up to the community with a market and delivery days.

“These people have been our friends for years and so it’s just a matter of picking up the phone and saying, ‘How can I help you?'”

Local farmers fighting through the pandemic together and helping their community along the way.

“I think they will survive if we all work with them,” Riker said.

East Fork Creek Gardens’ market is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hubbell Farms is offering free delivery Tuesday through Sunday. Order online by 5 p.m. and most orders will be delivered the next day.

Reporter:Taylor Petras
Writer:Briana Harvath
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