Updated: June 11, 2021 11:13 PM
Created: June 11, 2021 10:12 PM
ONTARIO, N.Y. (WHEC) — We've told you many stories about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected gyms, restaurants, and bars. News10NBC caught up with a local farm to ask how they've been doing this year compared to last.
LaMora Farms in Ontario, Wayne County, kicked off their u-pick season Friday, and they say this year is much sweeter than last.
June and July are all about delicious red strawberries and rhubarb with peaches available in August. Guests can pick their own, or grab a bushel to go. The owners say last year was tough to get through.
"There was a number of restrictions that limited us in the activities that we could do, our u-pick season suffered,” co-owner Lindsay LaMora said.
Last year, families that stopped by had to socially distance and wear masks while they filled their baskets. LaMora says even with vaccines, they’re still asking people to mask up in certain situations.
"When you're up in the public area, masks are still in effect, but as soon as you come out, if you're in your group, you don't need to be wearing a mask," LaMora said.
The pandemic has changed each business in different ways. For Lamora, they stopped using reusable packaging for produce.
"We didn't know at that point with COVID, what would be transmittable and we didn't want to risk reusing items," LaMora said.
LaMora says having a farm as her business actually kept them safe when COVID-19 was at its peak, ripping through other establishments like a tornado.
"A lot of customers loved the stop and fresh air aspect, rather stopping at a stand where they could stop get some fresh air, " LaMora said. "They aren't going into a closed area. They can hop out of the car and grab their produce.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the statewide vaccination rate is at 69.2% LaMora says they're not sure what COVID-19-related restrictions they'll keep when the state hits 70%.
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