Produce Prices

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Most producers are ok for now. The late frost took a toll on some, now the lack of rain is really putting a strain on the fresh summer vegetables.

"I've had about three years in a row that's been at the dry end of it," Calvin Baker says.

Calvin Baker grows everything from potatoes to corn.

"They've been fairly dry-hopefully I'm getting good production for as dry as it's been," Baker says.

But, like most farmers in the area, his corn's seen better days.

"It's knee high it's not going to make nothing much-it's real short some of my later corn is a little better," Baker says.

Farmer Drew Barna's turned to irrigation to keep his veggies healthy.

"We're irrigating the heck out of em actually so normally you might irrigate em once or twice during the season depending on rainfall and this year we're watering them three times a week," Drew Barna says.

That combined with other farmers dipping into the creek has him a little worried.

"To see your water supply drop by 50 percent in a year and a half and you don't get any rain or very much snow, yeah, it's a big concern," Barna says.

So, many local grocers are counting on produce from other areas in the state.

"With the local stuff you'll probably have trouble getting a lot of local stuff what local stuff is coming in right now looks really good," Russell Knight says.

But, if it continues to be dry you could see prices across the board going up.

"I think we could you know supply would be shorter stuff won't look as good if you do get good stuff it's probably going to be higher," Knight says.

" I think it's just overall been a tough growing season," Barna says.

Other grocers in the area are even worse off. Some say the vegetables they're getting aren't ripe or they aren't getting any at all.

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