Summertime...And The Farming Is NOT Easy!

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

It's local farmers which make the Parkersburg Farmers Marketplace a destination for fresh vegetables. That includes farmers for whom farming is a sideline.

But part-time or full-time, they all say this growing season has been a challenge.

"With a lot of peppers plants, the peppers are rotting right on the plant," says part-time farmer Lewis Hill. "The tomatoes are all bursting or rotten. We're getting blight because they can't dry off. If it does stop raining, they have shallow roots, so they're going to dry up."

It's been a rainy July, which followed a colder than normal start to spring. Last week's heat allowed plants to dry up a bit. But the rain has come down again this week.

"You'll still get crops, but they won't be as abundant as what you would normally get during hot weather," says Natalie Lindner, WVU Extension Service. "It depends. We still have a lot of summer to go, and it could turn hot and sunny."

And has this wet weather been good for any common crops? Hill says it's great for crops that grow on the vine.

"I checked my pumpkin patch this morning, and they're taking off. It might be a good Halloween, absolutely."

According to the farmers we spoke to, other crops doing well this summer include squash and zucchini.

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