Varied Weather Felt at Suwanee Farmers Market
Storms and drought are both being felt.
There has been a lot of rain in Suwanee lately, yet there's still talk of a drought. And both were topics of conversation recently at the Suwanee Farmers Market.
So how is the weather affecting some of the vendors at the market? Depends on who you talk to.
"Rain is the problem now," said David White of It Began With A Seed farm in Lula. "Fungus thrives in hot, moist weather."
Of the so-called drought conditions, he said it's not a problem "if you have irrigation. If you're going to grow seriously, you've got to have irrigation."
Joua Moua, who grows her products at her residence in Commerce, said drought conditions mean that she is getting "less (crops) than I normally get." She estimated that she's getting about 50 percent less growth.
Moua said crops such as tomatoes, beans and zucchini are down.
Matt Fry of Steve & Vicky's Farm noted that even with the recent rains, their farm is "showing a debt" of rainfall. "We have a pond, and it's halfway down."
Also, the heat wave earlier in July wiped out the farm's cucumbers and greens. However, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant do well in the heat.