Farmers Market Slowly Recovering

by Erika Brooks on July 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

The drought has lifted a little but it may be too late for farmers.

The farmers market at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds had a larger crowd this Saturday than in the last weeks. The rain may have cooled things off, but it hasn’t helped the produce much.

"The rain’s too late for a lot of things. It’s too late for some of the field corn, it’s too late for some of the sweet corn. But when you plant different plantings, consecutively, some of the sweet corn isn’t harmed. This corn has been irrigated heavily, but you can’t afford to irrigate everything, and you don’t have water to irrigate everything," said Mark Barnhart, farmer.

The harsh weather isn’t the only thing that took a toll on the crop this season.

"The animals and deer are eating a lot more stuff this year because they don’t have as much food. They’re wiped out a quarter acre of green beans, just eaten it down to stubble."

There is still hope for those vegetables that survived the weather and the animals, the farmers market runs until early October.