Farmer develops new business during pandemic

Farmer develops new business during pandemic

TOBACCOVILLE, North Carolina – Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Harmony Ridge Farms in Tobaccoville sold most of its meat and produce to restaurants.

The farm has been very successful in working with restaurants in the farm-to-table movement, but when many restaurants had to close during the pandemic, the farm lost much of its business.

Isaac Oliver, owner of Harmony Ridge Farms, says farm income fell 90% in March 2020.

Oliver knew he had to make big changes if he wanted to keep his farm, so he switched sales to community-supported agriculture.

The CSA model relies on local households to purchase a membership, getting boxes of different farm products each week.

The boxes can hold meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and bread, regardless of what the farm produced that week.


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