( Photo courtesy 5280 Produce )

A produce box program for consumers that Denver-based 5280 Produce launched about five years ago has exploded as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We have a huge following,” said co-owner Brad Jester.

Prior to COVID, about 300-500 people picked up a box of produce each week that cost $22-30 and contained about 12-14 produce items.

“This past week we did 3,000,” Jester said in mid-April. “It’s been crazy.”

About half the items are vegetables, the rest are fruit. Contents vary each week.

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