In January 2020, Christina Amadio, co-owner of the Amadio Ranch located in Laveen, Arizona, warned employees of a potential slowdown coming out of the holiday months.
As with the rest of the expectations surrounding 2020, however, Amadio saw the exact opposite.
“March, April and May were probably the biggest months of sales we have ever had,” Amadio said.
Amadio credits Arizona’s spike of COVID-19 cases in March as the catalyst behind the influx of business at Amadio Ranch.
With a self-serve farm stand and weekly truck stops in Ahwatukee and Gilbert, day-to-day operations continued as normal at Amadio, unlike other businesses affected by Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order shutdown in March.
“When you come here to the farm to purchase something, it’s all self-serve,” Amadio said. “It’s all outside. Because of that, people came because they didn’t have to see someone, they didn’t have to socialize.”