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Local farmers see increase in produce box delivery service as people look to avoid grocery store crowds

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 00:36:57-04

With more people trying to keep their distance from stores amid growing concerns over COVID-19, local agricultural programs are doing their part to get the freshest locally-grown food to your doorstep.

Talley Farms in Arroyo Grande said that in just the past week, they have seen a 70% increase in orders from their farm-to-table produce delivery service.

“People just want things that are as fresh as possible and they obviously love the fact that it’s touched by very few people. The picker and the packer and that’s it," said Jill Talley, the co-owner of Talley Farms.

Under Talley's subscription, people in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties can sign up for weekly, bi-weekly, or month subscriptions of fresh fruit and vegetables.

A regular box costs $30 and a junior box costs $25.

“With our regular box, we include between ten and twelve vegetables and then with our junior box that is more for singles or couples, that’s eight to ten items," added Talley.

Customers can choose either home delivery or pickup. The company provides customers 70 pickup locations to choose from.

Armor Farms, a direct to consumer vegetable box that partners with local farmers, is not just limited to the Central Coast. The produce can be shipped within the U.S.

"We're putting the product as quickly as we can into a temperature controlled box that’s shipped within a three to four day period. Locally, obviously it’ll be quicker, so the product is going to be extremely fresh,” said Shelby Bernard, the owner of Armor Farms.

The Bundle option is the ideal size for a small family, or 2-3 people or for bigger families, the Bushel option features a mixed variety of 12-16 farm fresh vegetables every week.

For more information on Talley Farms, click here.

For more information on Armor Farms, click here.