With summer officially here, so is summer produce.
The weather caused many area farmers and the Zanesville Farmer’s Market to get off to a slow start, but now vendors say they are finally able to offer a full range fruits, vegetables and other plants.
"This is the first real picking of tomatoes," said Mark Barnhart, a long time vendor at the market. "It’s the first real picking of green beans. Our first sweet corn. We’ve got broccoli. We’re getting a lot of the pickled cucumbers now. I’ve had regular cucumbers for three weeks, and zucchinis and squash, but almost everything’s in now."
Barnhart said dry conditions in California are driving higher prices in canned goods. Here in the Buckeye State, farmers have had to deal with the opposite problem.
"We’ve had too much rain, and too much mud," Barhart said. "It’s been a real job and chore to pick things. When you get a bushel of zucchini and try to carry it out of the field, and you’re walking in six inches of mud, you kind of lose interest in it."
The farmer’s market runs each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. You can also visit the Downtown Market which runs on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Muskingum County Welcome Center.