Drought has farmers’ markets going through extra demand for much less provide

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Meals producers don’t have as a lot product this 12 months, however after they take their merchandise to farmers’ markets, extra individuals are keen to purchase.

“The price of fertilizer, the price of water, the price of producing the vegetation has positively gone up, however the high quality that you just get at a farmers’ is what counts and the standard is excellent,” one founding father of the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Lubbock, Larry Simmons, mentioned.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market, positioned on nineteenth and Buddy Holly Ave., is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Oct. 15.

Simmons says some very long time distributors have needed to say goodbye as a result of this 12 months hasn’t been simple.

“To be able to be a farmer at our farmers’ market, it’s important to develop 65% of what you promote,” Simmons mentioned. “You may’t purchase it and produce it in. So, when the climate is that this sizzling and this dry, it impacts everyone’s crops, so issues are available in late, they keep longer and so it simply, it’s simply harder.”

The farmers’ market right here within the Hub Metropolis can also be on the road, which Simmons says makes it hotter for the shoppers.

“We’re a road occasion within the Depot District, so, you arrange on Buddy Holly Avenue and it will get slightly sizzling within the afternoons,” Simmons mentioned.

Simmons says there are nonetheless new distributors every week as a result of it’s a good way to make extra cash.

“In this kind of financial system the place everyone’s engaged on a aspect hustle, we have now backers and humanities and crafts and all the things else, so it’s an excellent place to check out your aspect hustle,” Simmons mentioned.

That’s additionally true for distributors from the Wolfforth Farmers’ Market by Frenship Excessive Faculty on Donald Preston. Dr. Brett Peikert and his spouse personal Peikert Farms and each work full time jobs, however proceed to farm as a result of they discover it enjoyable. He says this 12 months he has much less product however extra gross sales.

“In all probability have an equal to a few bushels of tomatoes and we’ll often have these offered out inside an hour,” Peikert mentioned.

He has been gardening for years and began promoting on the market final 12 months.

“Final 12 months was very simple as a result of there was a variety of rain. This 12 months, it’s been very difficult. No rain and the excessive temperatures, it’s very tough to develop,” Peikert mentioned. “We don’t have any tomatoes rising within the discipline.”

Peikert saved his tomato crop as a result of he deliberate for the worst, however didn’t count on the worst. Final 12 months he constructed a greenhouse simply in case.

“We did that simply to attempt to give some safety and it’s actually paid off as a result of we now have a spot the place our tomatoes and cucumbers can thrive in there,” Peikert mentioned.

He says he sells out each Saturday as a result of individuals who can’t develop their very own crops are turning to others.

You may try Peikert Farms and different distributors on the Wolfforth Farmers’ Market each Saturday, year-round from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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