“I like to have fresh produce, vegetables, flowers, vegetable plants just whatever's in season,” he said.
He’s attended the Heritage Farm Museum and Park Farmers Market in Brunswick for the past five years. He said nothing could have prepared him or other crafters for the effect the COVID-19 pandemic would have on the market.
“Last year was really terrible,” Hodges said. “I mean, the crowds were really down. We had to have the face mask and everything.”
This year, a new challenge is present.
“Makes me feel really sad cause I usually try being low cost when I come here because a lot of people don't have money and with everything going on right now,” he said. “So I try to keep my prices as low as I possibly can.”
Hodges said the increase in prices because of inflation has affected not only transportation to get to the market, but food and other product costs.
“This container here for my grower, it went up, like doubled in price,” he said. “So now he had to raise the price of the strawberries, because this right here doubled in price.”
He said while an unfortunate situation, he, along with other sellers, is doing what they can to make sure everyone who stops by has the best experience.
“You can expect fresh grown foods, locally grown foods,” he said. “The breads are freshly baked, usually that morning or the day before. I mean, just the quality and the freshness of the foods that you will be getting here.”
The Heritage Museum and Park Farmers Market runs every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 12, 2022 to Oct. 2, 2022.