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Farmers: Mother Nature got it right this year

August 1, 2013

The region’s farmers seem to be singing the same tune: things are good this year, a somewhat different song than in the recent past when weather extremes — either too hot and dry, too wet or with......

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ToTEXASfromPA

Aug-01-13 6:08 AM

Francine, I agree with you. Fresh vegetables are so much tastier than the typical picked "green" stuff in the stores.

I used to raise and sell sweet corn as a teenager. Picking fresh sweet corn everyday and getting the pollen down your neck was not fun but the spending money was good. We would sell it for a dollar a dozen at the start of the season, if yours was ready before most others. What do they get nowadays?

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wwhickok

Aug-01-13 6:17 AM

Amen Francine, furthermore, personally, I like to buy local products, which is why I only buy Schneiders brand Milk. You can't substitute the taste of homegrown foods.

They get quite a bit Texas, I mean they're not ripping anyone off by any means but I think a lot of people do like $2/dozen or $2.50/dozen, some do it for cheaper. It's about on par with grocery stores, but it tastes 10x better.

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wwhickok

Aug-01-13 8:53 AM

More than I had realized, haven't bought any in a while, still, I agree, well worth the price, these farmers work very hard to produce these crops, they're doing an amazing job producing high quality food.

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joshb729

Aug-01-13 10:16 AM

....."We had just the right amount of rain at the right time," he said. "Of course, the week of 90-degree weather we had didn't help much.".....

Wow.. A nearly perfect growing season and this farmer still found something to complain about. Better apply for Federal relief and taxpayer dollars for that horrible week where there we had 90 degree heat in the middle of July.

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Woolrich

Aug-01-13 11:26 AM

This season couldn't be any better. Honestly, if you have any growing problems this year, you need to find another profession. Lets hope for a monster apple crop and this will be a wonderful year to can fruits and vegetables. We have much to be thankful about.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Aug-01-13 8:08 PM

wwhickok and Radioactive,

Thanks for the info. We always sold a baker's dozen too, unless someone wanted to peel each ear of corn from top to bottom to make sure it was good.

After picking corn for years, you could figure out if it was ripe or not or even how ripe. You could also tell if it was "smutty" and you could see worm bores and bird damage.

We had a lot of repeat customers too.

You can't get it that fresh here unless you drive into the surrounding country and even then not many grow it.

Even last year I called Wentzler's to ship me fresh peaches; I felt like a king.

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