BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – It’s not just the product that makes the sale it’s the interaction, the bartering that puts money in a farmer’s pocket. but that’s not happening here anymore…At least not in the same way for Cindy Camb.
“You just don’t get the face time, people are scared. It’s a very tight-knit community and we just don’t have that anymore because of the situation we’re in,” Camb says.
COVID-19 closed her massage business. Now it’s working on her side job at the farmer’s market. No one can get out of their cars to buy. they stay inside and pick from the window.
Eric Morrow has had the same dilemma. He places his strawberries out on the stands and makes as many sales as he can, but it’s not the same. He’s only sold about half of what he’d sell before the outbreak.
“The only thing that was kinda bad like this was the flood. We lost all our strawberries but with this, we’re trying to keep sales up,” Morrow says.
After the farmer’s market and roadside sales, morrow makes his money through the strawberry fest. Now that that’s canceled he has to rely on alternatives more than ever. That’s the reality of almost everyone here today.
“It’s not only going to hurt us, it’s going to hurt others I see others that have a lot of stuff to sell,” Camb says.