REDDING, Calif.-At a time when food seems to be flying off the shelves, local farm workers are busy making sure your local grocery store is stocked.
Duivenvoorden Farms is a local, family-owned and operated dairy farm south of Redding.
“We are a raw milk dairy,” says Ali Duivenvoorden, co-owner of Duivenvoorden Farms. “We do everything here on the farm, so we milk the cows, we bottle the milk, and we self-distribute the milk to the stores.
Since the coronavirus pandemic, co-owners Ali and Seth Duivenvoorden have been busy.
“Well we’ve seen an increase, definitely, since this whole thing has happened.
“I think it’s because more people are at home,” says Seth Duivenvoorden. “So there consumption of milk at home is going to be higher than them dining out three or four weeks.
In their case, they Action News Now, they’ve seen an increase of 13% and are having to make extra deliveries to the stores to keep up with demand.
“We’ve made special deliveries when they completely sold out which is great,” says Duivenvoorden. “We can do that, they can call and we can do it right away."
The Duivenvoorden family sell their product to over ten stores around the area. They tell Action News Now, their product sells out quickly.
“People have been clearing out the shelves at the stores, so we’ve had a lot of the stores increasing their orders,” says Ali Duivenvoorden.
They tell Action News Now, they’ve noticed a surge in the number of people choosing to buy locally.
“People are starting to make that shift to find their local foods whether it’s milk or meat, their vegetables” says Ali Duivenvoorden.“People are really reaching out to support their local farmers and their local community."
Duivenvoorden Farms has been in business for over thirty years and they currently have over fifty animals at their farm.