Dry Weather Affecting Local Farmers Market

by WHIZ Reporter on June 27, 2012 at 5:53 am

Despite the jump-start to the growing season, the hot weather is stunting the growth of some locally-grown produce.

Wednesday’s Farmer’s Market at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center saw an increase in vendors compared to last week, but some fruits and vegetables aren’t fairing as well as others.

Farmers Market President Mark Barnhart said some farmers have resorted to small irrigation systems to keep from losing their crops.

"Even though some of the trees don’t have fruit on them, he has to do it just to keep the tree alive, and then this week, through next will be the end of the snow peas, they just can’t take this heat," said Barnhart.

Barnhart said garlic is now being harvested, which has been one of the rewards of the early growing season.

Sweet corn was also up for sale Wednesday, however the popular crop is also suffering due to lack of rain.

"We’re irrigating corn, but it’s still nothing like the rain, and It’ll miss next Tuesday by a day, or two. We will have it next Saturday though at the Saturday Farmer’s Market," added Barnhart.

Next week’s Farmers Market will be held on Tuesday to accommodate the July 4th holiday.