SKOWHEGAN — Despite the pandemic, a Maine grain business saw a large increase in online sales.
The coronavirus has led to an unprecedented demand for flour.
Amber Lambke, founder and CEO of Maine Grains, said her business as seen a 4,000 percent increase in online sales since the beginning of April.
“With a lot of families staying at home and eating out less, and also educating kids at home, baking has been a major pastime,” said Lambke.
Many families have transitioned their eating habits from dining at restaurants to staying and eating at home.
Due to the exponential growth in online sales, Lambke said her business hired 20 more employees to help produce more food.
“All the staff you see here are a hard-working bunch that are all taking the extra precautions necessary to keep coming to work everyday but have definitely found their anchor here to produce good food,” said Lambke.
Wheat is the biggest seller. A local farmer said the uptake in sales created new challenges for the employees to keep up with the demand.
Richard Roberts, a farmer at Maine Grains, said they are always trying to find new and different varieties.
Maine Grains started in 2007 and shares space with other businesses such as the Miller’s Table, a pizzeria, radio station and a cheese and yarn shop.
Lambke said she hopes to expand Maine Grains in the future.