GASPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — After a very rainy June, farmers in the area say they’re hoping for a moment of respite.
Jamestown led the way in rain totals, measuring a massive 8.44 inches of rain in June thus far, but the month isn’t over yet. That’s forced some farmers to think about their crops, especially cherries and strawberries which can be easily ruined by too much rain.
“What happens, at least with cherries, is that the rain gets sucked in by the roots and makes the cherries swell so much that they’ll crack,” Andres Vizcarra, of Becker Farms, said.
Vizcarra helps to run his family’s farm in Niagara County. He says he’s already seeing crop damage, and that’s going to have an impact on consumer demand, and consequentially the supply.
“What is really going to happen is the price of local cherries is really going to go up because you don’t have a high yield,” Vizcarra said.
Cherries aren’t the only fruit impacted. Vizcarra says the strawberry season was cut short by about a week. That has local families disappointed, as one mother says her kids missed out on an educational and fun experience.
“The whole process of letting the kids know where fruit comes from and how you pick them,” Colleen Ayson, a Buffalo woman, said. “It’s a little too wet, so we won’t be picking cherries today.”
But the news isn’t all bad for farmers like Vizcarra. He says his family can do a lot with the fruit, including turn it into wine, jam and baked goods. He also says the rain has been a boon to some of his crops.
Raspberries, he says, will be ready to pick ahead of season.