US growers find alternative distribution channels

Cindy Bench is a co-owner with her husband, David at Bench Farms on Route 2, and they say they're doing things a little differently this year. Something they've never done before: an online ordering process. Opening day is April 1st.

Cindy tells 13abc, "We always open up April 1st which is April Fool's Day, and this year it's really a joke on us because some of us who are older and not so much tech-knowledgeable need to quickly jump in."

She says, with the help of her family, she's starting an online ordering form. She says, "Customers can be able to order and pay for the product online. They have to give us 24 hours but within 24 hours they can order, and we can deliver it to their car and they can go home and garden. Gardening is so important for all this right now, not only for our bodily needs but for our soul and hearts."

Eltroth and Thompson grows its own herbs and vegetable plants and base how much to grow on last year’s sales. Jay Eltzroth, the owner of Eltzroth and Thompson Greenhouses, told NBC29 it wasn’t ready for this year’s hype.

"Vegetables and herbs are the hot ticket. We’ve also been also been selling out of soil and garden amendments, compost, potting soil. I think a lot of people are doing more raised beds, prepping for home gardening when they might not have done it in years past,” he said.

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