Farmer’s market season begins with fewer products

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Eating local produce could be more difficult this summer.

Despite the farmers market season starting this week, customers may not have many products to buy.

Tuesday, West Carrollton started its market and encountered same problems as farmers, inclement and severe weather.

The farming season has been dampened and frozen from recent severe weather and the latest harsh winter.

But despite the elements, most farmers were ready and brought what little crop they’ve already grown to West Carrollton.

Vendors and farmers that spoke with 2NEWS said the weather has significantly affected farms.

But recent nicer temperatures has allowed some people to play catch up out on the field and get their crops back on schedule.

Tuesday, everything from strawberries to fresh eggs were for sale.

In addition, food trucks made appearance with hot off the grill ribs and quick taco salads.

Those we spoke with said they’re happy to bring local business and help the Miami Valley appreciate the farm to table experience.

Now farmers are just hoping the weather will cooperate so they will be able to attend more of these markets throughout the summer months.

“Well today wasn’t a very good day, but so far so good,” said Bud Brady, a farmer with Gypsy Chicks Farm. “It’s been slow to get them in the ground because of the rain and the cool spring. I’ve gotten all the flowers that I sell in the ground and almost no vegetables.”

“It always affects you. You’re always listening to the weather, always paying attention. It’s kind of tough sometimes that’s what makes farming so fun you know– it’s– it’s a challenge, that’s what makes it a challenge,” echoed Jonathan Darber with the Covered Wagon Farm Market.

If you’re interested in attending the West Carrollton Farmer’s Market, it takes place every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from June until October.

The first Tuesday of the month will also be Food Truck Rally days, full of all types of flavors and treats.

For more information on your neighborhood farmer’s market, visit http://www.farmersmarketonline.com/fm/Ohio.htm

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