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Wet Weather Puts Damper on Local Crops

farmers marketHOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Of course this time of year farmer’s markets are in full swing, but heavy downpours have made it difficult to grow some crops that are usually ripe for picking at this point.

We checked in with local farmers at Holyoke’s Open Square Farmer’s Market to see how it’s affected them.

“The rain has actually delayed a lot of our fruiting crops, our tomatoes, summer squash zucchini, just starting, and they’re probably 2-3 weeks behind,” said Chanya Sae-Eaw, the co-owner of Farmacy Gardens in Belchertown. “It’s actually a drastic change from last year because it was so dry. It’s been a blessing to not have to irrigate”

“I think that the customers understand that the farmers are trying to work together to bring a variety and a good spread, so we’re trying to keep them in communication,” said Rebekah Hamlon, co-owner of Valley Green Feast.

Holyoke’s farmer’s market is open every Saturday from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

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