BUXTON – Cleanup continues for a farming family in Buxton, the owners of frugal farmers woke up to find part of their business up in flames Wednesday morning.
Fire can be a farmer’s worst nightmare. What Bruce Richards saw from his window this morning was unfortunately all too real.
Bruce Richards, Frugal Farmers owner “The dog started barking of all things so I just happened to get up and it was all full blown.”
Frugal Farmers on Rankin Road is part of the Buxton community. Family-owned for three generations.
Susan Richards, Frugal Farmers owner “Our whole life is in this place.” Never before has there been damage like this. “It’s devastating. The only worse thing that could’ve happened is if the whole place burned.” “Farm owners say between the damage to crops and equipment this will probably end up creating a significant financial blow to the business.”
Torched tomatoes after an electrical fire are just the beginning. A storage shed is gone’ and one of six green houses is badly damaged.
Susan Richards, Frugal Farms owner “We probably lost all of the plants, that are in number 1 that burned, that we seed down ourselves as a starting house.” “Probably most of the tools that we’ve accumulated for the last 35 years.”
Friends, family and fellow farmers are already stopping by to help. Leaving the Richards little doubt they will get through this.
Bruce Richards, Frugal Farmers owner “We will do it. One way or another.”
Susan Richards, Frugal Farms owner “Like we just always say when it gets hard, it’s just another day in paradise.”
It’ll be a long row to hoe. But to customers the Ricahrds say don’t worry. They’ll be here.