ALLEGANY, NY — Mark Printz and Sister Melissa Scholl have high hopes for the pandemic-wise service options introduced in mid-March at Canticle Farm’s weekly Tuesday market.
“Because of the coronavirus crisis, we’re very concerned for the health of staff and those who come to us,” Scholl, president of the farm, said.
The market has been offering curbside service since March 17 and allowing only five shoppers inside the market at a time. On Sunday and Monday, the market launched a phone ordering option.
Located at 3809 Old State Road, the market is open from noon to 6 p.m. For curbside service, customers remain in their vehicles and honk. A volunteer comes to the vehicle with a menu, takes their order and brings the items to the customer. Starting Tuesday, payment in full by cash or a credit, debit or SNAP card will be required when curbside orders are placed.
For anyone who enters the market, farm employees and volunteers provide hand sanitizer and a temperature test. Employees and volunteers wear masks and gloves.
“I am just in awe of what our staff has put together,” Scholl said. “We’re working as a unit and fulfilling the mission of Canticle Farm: getting healthy food to people. It’s been successful.”
Printz said he does not expect the new ordering methods to hurt Easter sales and that he has seen "several new faces” since curbside ordering began.
Volunteers are needed for both the market and the farm, which is located on South Nine Mile Road. The need is greater at the market because of the demands of curbside service and phone ordering.
To place phone orders in the weeks to come, customers should call 707-287-2855 on Sundays or Mondays and on Tuesdays between 2 and 6 p.m., come into the market or pick up their order curbside. Payment in full by credit, debit or SNAP card is required when placing a phone order.
People interested in volunteering for the market should call 716-373-0200, Ext. 3358, and leave a message with their name, availability and phone number. They also can email Scholl at email@example.com.
Individuals interested in volunteering for the farm should call Printz at 716-378-9714.
“You can’t take a two-week vacation from farming,” Printz said. “We’re doing this to protect the public and ourselves.”
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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