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.