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Local family farm adapts to COVID-19 pandemic

Devin Martin
Created: March 30, 2020 06:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- In the small city of Chatfield, it's business as usual at Kappers Big Red Barn.

The family-owned micro-dairy delivers specific grocery items to homes in southern Minnesota and they're adjusting well to an increase in demand.

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"In the home delivery we've had a lot more sign-ups, it's a lot of great encouragement and feedback. So that's always good to see and rely on that as a source of income, especially in times like these," manager Lucas Kappers said. "It's almost an ideal situation where we can offer you this kind of service without any human contact. "

Back at the farm, sanitation and the health of their workers and livestock has always been of top priority.

"We do carry a sanitizer bottle, we wear gloves and we try to collect the empties and keep them separate and sanitize so we never cross-contaminate with the fresh products. 

Kappers said adapting to COVID-19 and seeing his family's business move forward is a good takeaway. 

"I've never been in a situation where we dealt with anything this contagious and could pick up this fast. We're trying to follow the guidelines from the experts and keep up with what we're doing," he said. 

Through all these challenges, Kappers Big Red Barn is just one of many family-owned farms ready to help and ease the minds of consumers during these uncertain times.


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