Farmers love sunny days and the crowds they bring to the Farmers Market. Just not too many sunny days in a row.
Greg Rinehart from Rinehart’s Family Farm says, “With heat and no rain can spell disaster for crops, if we don’t get rain soon.”
Jason Boyer, with Harvest Barn says, “The animals are just hot. And everybody’s hot so but there ain’t a whole lot you can do.”
Jason Boyer has been raising cattle for thirty-five years, but this year…. He says if they don’t get enough rain to grow the alfalfa, he’ll be forced to dip into the hay he has stored for winter, in order feed his cattle through the summer.
He says, “The dry weather, the hay crop, the first cutting hay has been short. The pasture is getting very short.”
Boyer adds, “So, that’s affecting us and I’ve even had some ponds that are dried up and so I’m actually having to move cows for water or haul water to them.”
Jason has to find ways to make up for the money he spends hauling water and buying extra hay.
He says, “Sometimes the prices may have to fluctuate some with it to absorb some of it.”
Here at Mao Xayaxang’s root vegetable stand, the crops are in great condition. The problem is, getting them harvested in such dangerous heat.
Mao says, “It’s very hard. We have to get up very early in the morning, like five o’clock in the morning. We work until like, by noon.”
She adds, “”And then we rest and then by three or four o’clock we go back and work on the field.”
This is the time of year when you’d better show up to the market early, before the sun reaches full power.
“It’s so dry. It’s so hot,” says Mao.
Before the weather is fit for neither man, nor beast.