MEDFORD, Ore -- Farms and plant nurseries in our region are seeing an increase in customers. Many of them saw the increase when the stay home order was put into place.
Some people even consider plants the new toilet paper. Dunbar Farms in Medford is seeing an increase in sales; more than double or possibly even triple. "Which has been really awesome and we feel incredibly grateful for that support." said Nick Stevenson. He works at the farm.
"So it varies day to day. We are seeing more people come in, because there is nothing else open." said Carie Trost. She is the co-owner of Wishing Well Collaborative LLC. One of the things she sells is plants. "People are looking for projects, so it can be anywhere from house plants to water gardening or, working on their pond." said Trost.
I asked Trost why she thinks people are buying plants. "For one thing they are just soothing and uplifting all at the same time." said Trost.
I asked the same question to Stevenson. At Dunbar Farms you can order from its website and pick up at the farm stand. "Pretty coronavirus safe with the ordering online, paying online and then coming here to pick up your order." said Stevenson. He says luckily the farm started doing online orders before the pandemic started. "So that just kind of bodes well with the conditions that we are in."
Both businesses hope the plants or vegetables also give people a smile. "We are so grateful for the support that we've been seeing from our existing customers and actually a lot of new customers." said Stevenson.
"Hope, that's what we are trying to give to our customers every single day." said Trost.