Farmers Coping With a Soggy Spring

FAIRFAX, Vt. - In Fairfax workers at the River Berry Farm were busy Friday, but not with the strawberries.

"We are starting to harvest a lot of lettuce, we wholesale... Some of those cool crops kind of enjoy some of the moisture more so than a lot of heat-loving crops,” said David Marchant, owns farm.

Marchant and his wife have owned the farm for 26 years, he says the weather has not been so kind with his strawberry crop.

Marchant said, "Coolness means we are behind in growth of plants and then we also do a retail plant business, but it has been tough for a lot of home gardeners to get into their gardens because it has been so wet."

According to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the cool and damp weather is creating a problem for farmers growing corn as it needs heat to grow, the quality of hay also takes a dip which impacts milk production.

"You kind of learn to live with it and also realize that typically often times things start turning around and the averages average out for a reason in terms of climate,” said Marchant.

Marchant says he is hoping for a stretch of warm sunny weather, "What we don't want is these continued rains when the berries ripen... That would be the worst."

Marchant hopes to have folks out picking strawberries in two weeks.


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