If you’ve noticed shortages at your local farmstand, you can blame Mother Nature. Local growers say late spring and early summer weather wreaked havoc on their crops.
Vinny Confreda, owner of Confreda Farms in Hope, has been forced to ration produce. If a grower wants 100 cases of sweet native corn, he may have to settle for 30. The problem, says Confreda, was an exceptionally wet June followed by an unusually hot July.
"The yellow/green squash didn’t set like it should have. We lost all the first sets. We lost a set on the peppers. And on the corn some of it just basically drowned," said Confreda.
Doreen Pezza, owner of Pezza Farms in Johnston, has been having similar problems.
"We lost a lot of early seeds because of the wetness. They rotted in the ground. And then the heat that came on, because we have heavier land, packed the land together so it all had to be re-worked, in other words re-harrowed, re-turned, recultivated," said Pezza.
Both growers report that their problems seem to be behind them. Fall crops are looking very good.
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