As restaurant and food suppliers continue to get creative about getting their product in the hands of SouthCoast consumers during the COVID-19 crisis, another unique business has popped up.

Jenna Oliveira, the Marketing Manager for the Dartmouth Texas Roadhouse location, said that the restaurant is doing very well compared to the other Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the region.

"We're at about 75 percent of our normal sales, which is pretty great, all things considered," said Oliveira.

The coronavirus crisis was the spark for Texas Roadhouse in Dartmouth to do something that they've never done before: they are launching a Farmer's Market for this coming weekend, April 25 and 26.

The prices on the raw meats look to be roughly comparable to supermarket prices, trending to be a bit on the higher side, but a fraction of what the meats would cost if served in the restaurant.

The best deal to watch out for this weekend?

"The fruit," said Oliveria. "No doubt about it. You get a lot of it for the price, and it is as fresh as you're going to get."

If you're having a hard time finding toilet paper and paper towels, this could be the answer. Oliveira said they are offering the items to make them accessible to the general public.

"You just can't find them anywhere," she said. They were able to secure the prized items through their wholesale supplier.

The Farmer's Market will be drive-thru and will be open from 8 a.m. to noon while supplies last. Oliveira said if this weekend's Farmer's Market is successful, Texas Roadhouse might consider doing it every weekend during the pandemic.

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