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Tampa farmer urges customers to shop and buy local

The Dancing Goat is located in Tampa.
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Posted at 9:43 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 23:28:05-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- A farmer in Tampa said she hopes people buy local during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pam Lunn operates The Dancing Goat on Maverick Court in Tampa. For the past 13 years, the farm has been a home to cats, goats, chickens, ducks and other animals.

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"We're the small farmer. We're going to endure through this. We're going to supply our local customers," said Pam Lunn.

Lunn said the farm is surviving, but not thriving. She said sales are down.

"I just have to get enough money in the door to keep these animals fed," she said.

She encourages people to buy local.

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Before the pandemic, she would sell at farmers markets.

Customers may preorder items and pick them up at the farm.

The farm is open for pick-up on Wednesdays and Sundays.

"You just have to let people know that they are safe. As you'll see, there are signs here that say stay 6 feet apart. We put out cones to remind them," she said.

She sells eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt and other products.

"Under Florida state statutes, we have to sell for the intent of pet consumption only," she added.

Lunn also started a garden to grow produce.

"There are things on the property that we can turn into income and we just have to find those sources of income," said Lunn.

"We have volunteers that call and say what can we do to help. It's just wonderful. Everybody has stepped up to the plate. Everybody is helping us do whatever needs to be done to make this farm survive," she added.

For more information on the farm visit: http://Dancinggoatdairy.com