Weather brings both good & bad news for local farms


For certain types of businesses, the heat and humidity are bringing both good news and bad news at the same time.

You can pick your own strawberries at Sam Mazza’s Farm in Colchester. The fields closed at noon out of concern for customers’ safety…the second straight day that they closed early.

The store also has no air conditioning because it’s attached to a greenhouse, so it closed early today, too, at 6:00 p.m.

However, even with all of that, their season is coming along nicely.

“The summer and zucchini squash are doing well,” one of the owners, Laurie Bombard, said. “Cucumbers are coming along, and I think that as soon as it cools off, things will return to normal, and everything’s looking good. The corn is coming along; I’m sure by the middle of July, we’re going to have some really good sweet corn.”

Blueberries are also getting the heat and direct sunlight that they need. Bombard thinks they’ll have a great crop of blueberries starting sometime around July 20th.

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