Local farmer see increase of customers due to pandemic

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, local farmers thrive as shoppers look to alternative food sourcing.

Matt Smith and his family business, Homemade Homegrown have been growing for 6 seasons. In fact, in the fight against COVID-19 many community members rely on Homemade Homegrown to feed their family.

“We’ve seen a lot of new faces, a lot fo the old faces too, but we’ve seen a lot of new. But we had a lot of new faces interested in growing garden for themselves. We encourage that we try to help and explain to them what to do with plants.

For many in the region, food shortages and safety concerns have led residents to seek out local farm-to-table businesses to meet their demands.

“We do tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, green beans, corn cabbage, kale and we have celery. We do about every main vegetable, as well as plants and produce,” said Smith.

While many local farms have been serving the region for years, several farms report they have seen significant increases in sales in the wake of the pandemic.

“With the grocery stores in staff running out, it’s a good feeling to know that we have it right here to help our community,” said Smith.

Homemade Homegrown is located at 1616 Stanaford Rd Beckley, WV. For more information call 304-673-3369.

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