As restaurants around the country are closed by governments to help stop the spread of coronavirus, farms are suffering too. A new article by Civil Eats looks at multiple small farms that supply restaurants and how downstream effects are changing their businesses.

Zaid Kurdieh and his wife Haifa grow food in upstate New York used in restaurants like ABC Kitchen and Blue Hill. With those restaurants closed for the foreseeable future, Kurdeih’s farm is at risk.


Kurdieh told Civil Eats, “We are figuring everything out day by day.” He said 75% of his business is dependent on restaurant purchases. Farmers markets are still open in some places and as the coronavirus situation develops daily with new updates on quarantine and closed businesses, farmers face huge uncertainty without a lot of money coming in.

One farm in Seattle is shifting to community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, as schools and restaurants in the city close. Before coronavirus, Kate Harwell set up her farm to provide produce to schools in Seattle. She said the CSA program is off to a good start, with no word from the school what the plan for the future is.

As Kate Harwell told Civil Eats, “[We’re asking]: ‘How do we feed our communities?’ I think that’s the goal of every small farmer at this point.”

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