Farmers hurt by Market Basket feud

Some farmers dependent on selling to supermarket chain

Maria Arvarado, of Haverhill, Mass. finds empty produce bins as she shops Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Market Basket supermarket in Haverhill, Mass. A decades-long family feud, which brought about the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO of the privately held company, led to a worker revolt, customer boycotts and empty shelves in the grocery chain's stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 100 Massachusetts legislators and mayors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have publicly supported the employees. (AP Photo)

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — The family feud that has led to empty shelves at the Market Basket stores is having an impact on local farmers who normally supply produce to the regional supermarket chain.

Rich Bonanno, whose family operates Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, estimates he’s losing $2,000 a day due to the ongoing revolt by store workers and customer boycott.

Bonanno tells the Eagle Tribune that while he’s been able to unload produce to other buyers, he’s only earning about half of what he would normally take in from Market Basket.

John Simone, owner of Riverside Farm in Methuen, says he normally sells about 95 percent his produce to Market Basket.

The chain is embroiled in a Demoulas family dispute featuring two cousins who have been at odds for decades.

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