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Greenfield Recorder–Pick-your-own farms adapt to COVID rules

by Zack DeLuca

With the “pick-your-own” blueberry season now off to a busy start, local farmers say 2020 could prove to be a banner year despite the COVID-19 policies that are in place.

Located at 9 North Street in Whately, Quonquont farm opened for “pick-your-own” blueberries July 7, with new COVID-19 policies to keep employees and customers safe.

The farm, which maintains two acres of high-bush blueberries, is open for pick-your-own blueberries and flowers Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Using guidelines developed by the state Department of Agricultural Resources, the farm is open for pick-your-own with the conditional approval of the local Board of Health.

“People have really turned out,” said Farm Manager Leslie Harris. “They’re interested in what things we’re doing to keep them, and ourselves, safe.”

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