Local Support in Tough Times

Farmers Market Stand

Hello again! Wow—can we all agree on what a whirlwind the past few weeks have been? Just a couple of months ago, we had no idea any of this was coming. It’s crazy how much can change in such a short time.

We all have needs, but at a time as unpredictable as this one, it can be really hard to know how to meet those needs for everyone. How often should we leave our houses? How much coughing is too much? And to get extra real—how much toilet paper should we buy? You walk down the aisle, you see the last package, you don’t know when you’ll see another…but could there be someone else who needs it more? It seems like even the simplest decisions are getting tougher to make.

But other decisions almost seem to come naturally. Did you know that the current health situation has led to more people buying local products? To deal with the supermarket shortages in milk, bread, and other staples, many people in Bremer County have turned to smaller businesses to provide these things.

For example, Hansen’s Dairy in Cedar Falls has been selling a lot more milk than usual, and a Waverly friend of ours who makes his own bread has also been seeing higher demand. As tough as these times have been, maybe they’ll leave people with a greater appreciation for buying locally.

If you’ve been thinking about trying local produce, please know that we’re making it as easy and safe as possible for you. Once we have our full selection of products available, we plan to have systems in place for pre-orders and pickups, so you can choose your vegetables ahead of time and stop by to grab them later, drive-thru style. 

This way, you won’t have to worry as much about the six feet rule, or about how many other customers have touched your food before you. We hope to have these systems and the farmstand itself up and running on May 23. Until then, we still have plenty of great spring foods available at Hansen’s Dairy, and at Think well. Coffee in Waverly.

If you have a hard time waiting, you can also stop by the Waverly Farmer’s Market, which starts on May 2. They’ll have plenty of precautions in place to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, and if things get more serious, they might switch to doing preorders only. Either way, they’re determined to make it happen!

We hope you’re all finding ways to stay safe and positive in these difficult times. Please know that when it comes to fresh produce, sustainable practices, and a friendly chat now and then, we’re here for you. Have a great day, and see you next week!