Strong Demand for Locally-Grown Food

Strong Demand for Locally-Grown Food

Tim Hammerich
Tim Hammerich
News Reporter
I’m Tim Hammerich with your Southeast Regional Ag Report.

Kyle and Caroline Lewallen founded TexGa Farms in Northeast Georgia with the idea that they would raise beef cattle and hogs for local restaurants. Like many, 2020 has forced them to change their plans. The restaurant business has dried up but the demand from individuals has skyrocketed.

Here’s Lead Steakholder (that’s S-T-E-A-K of course) Caroline Lewallan.

Lewallen.... “Our retail side has certainly picked up where folks that want 10 steaks and 10 pounds of ground beef at a time - that has stayed pretty steady. But I don't see that really going backwards, but then the folks that want a half or a whole, that has picked up significantly. And I do think those people are stocking up. But at the same time, I have never seen a local grown for food movement like I've seen in the past six months, and I've spent the past seven years in the produce industry. So I think due to current times, the theme of local is more popular than ever before. And folks have woken up to the realization that we've got to support local more than just shop small Saturday in November, a couple of times a year.”

Lewallen hopes this interest in supporting local farmers will continue. You can visit their website at www.TexGaFarms.com.

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