CONCORD, N.H. – Fallout from the Market Basket supermarket stalemate has been a mixed bag for farmers.
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Some in New Hampshire and Massachusetts are enjoying greater demand for their produce and flowers while others scramble to find new customers after some of their big orders were canceled.
The 2-month-old employee revolt at the 71-store New England grocery chain coincides with what farmers say has been one of the best growing seasons in recent memory. But all farmers are not reaping full benefits.
Methuen, Massachusetts, farmer Rich Bonanno raised 80,000 mums to sell to Market Basket for $240,000. He's now trying to sell them cheaper to cut his losses.
But in Hollis, Massachusetts, Tyler Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm is working 95 hours a week to meet demand at competing grocery chains.