Thinking small: Local markets are filling gaps in food supply


by Jackie Nunnery

Despite the changes in how they do business, Margo Fahey and Monica Fahey are happy to be open and greeting customers at the Land and Sea.

While a paper product shortage consumed much attention in the early stages of the stay-at-home orders, area shoppers have since seen grocery store shelves nearly depleted of fresh produce and meat. The COVID-19 virus has forced closures at some of the nation’s largest meat processing plants and limited the ability of large produce farmers to harvest, leaving chain supermarkets with fewer options and empty shelves. 

While the large-scale food chain is struggling with the disruption, there is an upside. People are now discovering a new food chain; one of smaller-scale farmers and independent farmers markets.

The farm stand is nothing new in the Northern Neck. For decades, farmers have set up along the road, sometimes directly out of the back of a truck, which is how…

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