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Popular Roswell farm fights to stay open during COVID-19 pandemic

Faith Egbuonu
Created: October 06, 2020 05:19 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.- The owner of Graves Farm & Garden, Andrew Graves, said they've taken a huge hit since COVID. 

The popular farm in Roswell is known for its fresh roasted green chile and Halloween festivities.

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"The impact has been great to us and we're going to be hit financially pretty hard because of what COVID has done," said Andrew Graves, the owner-operator of Graves Farm & Garden. "So you know COVID came in, and our numbers are down, and of course most of our attractions are shut down. We are still doing the pumpkin patch and COVID has had a big impact on how many people are coming out."

Graves said normally this time of year, the farm attracts thousands of people every weekend for its Halloween festivities, but this year took a turn. 

"This year, we've only done one weekend, but our numbers are somewhat around 50 to 100 people," he said. "The attractions that we normally have are a lost maze and a scare maze on the weekend and then we do a zombie paintball shoot, and we have an annual farm festival-- all 4 of those things we canceled this year because of COVID."

Graves worries his family-owned business of nearly 100 years could possibly go down the drain amid COVID, but he said not without a fight first. 

"We may take such a financial hit this year, we're thinking about maybe shutting it down --but, we're not going to give up," he said. "We just hope people come and give them a message that they can trust us. We're going to do everything we can, and we're not going to quit until it's the very end. You know, ultimately for us, it's just trying to keep our customers safe, and so everything that we can to... you know, keep everybody social distancing --our pumpkin patch is enormous, so we don't have problems keeping distances or anything like that."

The pumpkin patch will be open Friday through Saturday throughout the month of October. 

For more information, visit: https://gravesfarm.com/ 


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