Soggy spring, hot summer put many area produce farmers behind

Published: Jul. 17, 2019 at 10:20 PM EDT
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Summer is a time for many things in Northwest Ohio, including farmers' markets. While stands are stocked some familiar items are missing this time around.

"I should have broccoli, cauliflower, all that kind of stuff, and I have none right now," Tony Keil with Louis Keil and Sons Produce said.

Keil is one of a handful of produce farmers who set up shop Wednesday at the Westgate Farmers' Market in Toledo. He says this year's bout of extreme weather has plagued his and other growers' crops.

"We started out cold wet, then it was wet, now this heat—stuff doesn't grow," Keil said.

Farmers at the market said most crops are about two weeks behind and that hurts business.

"We'd be a lot busier right now," Mary Westhoven with Jeffers' Greenhouse said. "We'd be having corn and more tomatoes and stuff like that."

While many harvests are running late it's not all bad as Westhoven says some items are thriving, though, not plentiful.

"Cucumbers—we've got some nice cucumbers coming on," Westhoven said. "Our potatoes—our potatoes are doing good."

With plenty of summer left to go the farmers say they're hopeful things will turn around so they can harvest a profit while serving customers' needs.

"Hopefully the season gets a little better—that's all we can do," Keil said.

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