Farmers market growers and patrons feeling impact from drought

BLASDELL, N.Y. (WIVB) —  It’s not all honey, berries and other sweetness this season for growers who head to farmers markets. Their tables are a bit emptier as they’re feeling them effects from the drought.

“It has been terrible this year,” said Jim Kwilos, who works at his brothers farm, Kwilos Farm, in Evans. “If you can’t irrigate this stuff, it just won’t grow at all this year.”

Kwilos travels to the Blasdell market to sell the goods. This season, his truck is lighter than usual.

“There are certain things that we just don’t have that we always have that just aren’t here this year,” said Kwilos.

Some of those things include tomatoes, yellow beans and snap peas. An impact on crops mean an impact on income.

“It always hurts the bottom line when you don’t have stuff to sell,” siad Kwilos. ” It does make a big impact because you can’t grow as much as you would in a good year.”

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