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Baltimore produce business bounces back following restaurant closures

Posted: 5:24 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 17:25:58-04

BALTIMORE — We know that we're stronger together. That's why we're featuring area businesses fighting to survive during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Lanasa Produce, located in the 1250 block of Scott Street nearly saw its business implode when restaurants started closing and moving to carryout meals.

Steve Lanasa is the owner of the family run business. He told WMAR-2 News he was carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders last week.

"Our clients were canceling orders," he said.

He suddenly found himself with fresh produce but no one was buying. That's when someone suggested he take his product to a pop up market in Anne Arundel County. It was at the event that he found a new supply of buyers, families looking to purchase fresh veggies.

"We couldn’t see this go," said Steve's sister Maryann. "We’ve been around since 1906 and we couldn’t let her family down. We did what we could and we’re so thankful for the community to rally around us."

Rally they did. People posted on Facebook and the response was overwhelming. Over the next few days Lanasa Produce worked to get a website up and running. The website allows for individuals to place orders and have it delivered.

"This just blew up and is great," said Steve. "It's so good I may have to hire a few more guys to help with deliveries."

For more information on Lanasa Produce visit their webpage at: https://lanasaproduceincdotcom.wordpress.com/