How are local farmers dealing with the Market Basket stalemate?

The dispute put purchases on hold

WHATELY, Mass. (WWLP) – The Market Basket Supermarket stalemate has impacted all levels of food production, including here in the western part of the state. Some local farmers are seeing higher demand while others are sitting on fresh picked produce hoping a solution comes quickly.

Market Basket was supposed to buy summer squash and zucchini from Manheim Farm in Whately this season, but the dispute put purchases on hold. Now Manheim’s sweet corn, cabbage, peppers, carrots, parsnips, turnips, and later on winter squash that will all be sold on the open market.

Farmers are now juggling the freshly harvested produce. Hugh Manheim, the owner of Manheim Farm, told 22News, “Well it’s been trying. We try to take hard as a challenge so we’ve been playing checkers with a lot of produce.”

Manheim Farms has been able to use food brokers so they have been able to move everything that has been harvested; Big Y, Stop & Shop, and Shaws have helped by making some larger purchases.

The Manheim Farm has been operating for about 25 years.

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