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Local farms seeing more traffic due to empty shelves at big box stores

Posted at 2:16 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:16:28-04

MCGREGOR TX — Leaving grocery stores out of stock on many items, panic buying has swept perishable foods off the shelves.

But when big box stores are running out, many local farms are still fully stocked.

One of such farms is Mill-King Market and Creamery.

Owner and operator of Mill-King Market and Creamery Craig Miller said, "we are the source, so we don’t have a shortage what so ever, there’s plenty of food in the United States, it’s just hard to get it to the people who need it.“

Selling locally sourced food from their small market on property, Miller said they not only sell items straight from their farm, but other smaller farms in region.

“We are very fortunate to have the farm store to be able to sell direct to people,“ Miller said

Miller has many of his products in restaurants that are cutting back on serving and staff.

“Since all of the restaurants close down, all of the distributors have seen about a 40 percent, I have anyway, A 40 percent drop in sales all at one time,“ said Miller.

As shelter in place ordinances have been installed, Miller says the market has seen an insane growth in sale, especially as other grocery stores have become light in perishable stocks.

“Most Americans were eating out. Now, they are forced to go to an H-E-B or Walmart or so on so forth, and it’s not their fault they’re doing everything that they can. It’s just the store was not designed to handle that many people,“ said Miller

Many farms in the area are fully stocked on fruits, veggies, milk, cheese, meat and more.

As of March 23, 2020, the Mill-King Market and Creamery are offering delivery and pick up options through their website to ensure families in the area have the essentials for a healthy diet.

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