Those delicious fruits are sure to be enjoyed in abundance as people start to socialize and head to restaurants again after months of quarantining due to the coronavirus. Russo said Rocky Produce has been fortunate during this challenging time.
“We’re very thankful to be in the produce business,” he said. “There’s been a great demand for fruits and vegetables on the retail side of things.”
That’s largely because people have been cooking at home more because restaurants are closed, and they also want to eat healthier to help boost their immune systems.
“Retail has been very strong, stronger than in normal years,” Russo said. “Food service, obviously we’ve lost 90 percent of that and that’s just starting to come back now that Michigan is opening up in a week or so.”
Not that the virus didn’t create some challenges. Rocky Produce was working with a reduced staff in the late winter and early spring because it took precautions to ensure the health and safety of employees.
“That was really challenging to deal with,” Russo said. “We don’t have, that we know of, any positive tests. But anybody who had any kind of symptoms, we allowed them to stay home and quarantine to get better and come back healthy.”