Watch Good Morning CT at Nine

CT Checkup: Bethany farm opens ahead of normal season to provide fresh produce, meats during coronavirus outbreak

New Haven

BETHANY, Conn. (WTNH) — Clover Nook Farm in Bethany is not usually open this time of year, but things have changed with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. 

With many grocery stores being crowded and people trying to social distance, Clover Nook Farm’s Co-Owner Lars Demander realized he could provide some relief. 

“I set up an online store for curbside pickup,” he said. “The demand has been overwhelming. People want fresh fruits and vegetables, but they don’t want to go to the grocery store.”

Not currently in their growing season, the farm had to order produce from wholesalers. They also have meat available as well as canned items like sauce and salsa. 

This is a nice way for a small business to help out during this crisis and offer a fresh supply of food,” said Demander. 

To order, customers head to, select what they want and pick it up right in front. 

Doreen Fox is a longtime customer and neighbor and is thrilled about this new service. 

“I’m trying to avoid going to places where there’s lots of people,” she said. “And so obviously this is a place where there’s less people and we can keep our social distance and hopefully stay safe.”

Bob Love traveled from Seymour to pick up his groceries. 

“The stuff we’ve gotten in the past few days has been incredible,” he said. “It’s reassuring that there are people that care about other people that goes beyond money and everything else.” 

In a tight knit town of just over 5,000 residents, the farm’s efforts bring comfort to the community. 

 “’I’d like to think our residents are resilient and strong and have a good attitude,” said Bethany’s First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco. “They will do what they need to to get through this. We can do this.” 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Haven

Wednesday's Warrior: Miss North Haven’s Outstanding Teen creates storytime for children across CT

News /

Car strikes woman in Church Street, North Frontage Road area, New Haven police say

News /

Hamden honors Johnson's Duckpin Bowling as 2020's annual Holiday Ornament

News /

Meriden YMCA carrying on Thanksgiving Day tradition with changes to guard against COVID spread

News /

CT hospitals concerned about December staffing as numbers of COVID-19 patients rise

News /

CT Food Bank distributes donations from food drives to those in need, pushes for more ahead of holiday

News /
More New Haven

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss