Right now, all 92 Indiana counties are experiencing drought. Farmers, including our Market vendors, are scrambling to water, irrigate, and protect their crops from the heat and scorching sun. Although the storms last Friday and showers on Saturday were welcome (excepting the damage and power outages), they did not bring nearly enough relief and no more rain is expected any time soon. Climatologists say to expect most of July to be warmer and drier than average.
So, what does that mean for the Market?
- Although many crops are coming to Market early this year, we may see some vendors unable to bring certain items. The early warm-up and subsequent frost took a toll on the apple orchards in some parts of the state and current conditions may take a toll on other produce.
- When you come to the Market, make sure you protect yourself from the sun by wearing hats and using sun screen on yourself, and on your little ones.
- Stay hydrated!!! That goes for dogs and children especially! Three Dog Bakery has a water bowl they keep filled for pets, and numerous vendors have bottled water, or other cold refreshing beverages for sale like lemonade, iced tea, iced coffee, bottled juice, water kefir, etc.
- Bring a cooler if you are planning to purchase items that need to stay cold. Thermal bags with ice packs are a good option too.
- And let the vendors know you appreciate all they are doing out in their fields and hoop houses to bring you the best produce possible at the Market every week. They are our agricultural heroes!!!