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2012 Drought, High Temperatures Hurt Local Farmers

Farmers' market vendors have seen crops wither during this record-breaking drought.

Although Lilburn has had plenty of rain over the past few days, the long dry spell and intense heat had its effect on local farms.

Andrea Brannen, the assistant market manager in Lilburn, said that some of the farmers who regularly come to the Friday market are having trouble.

"The high temperatures earlier this month caused some of the plants to shut down - they either died or quit producing fruit for a while," she said. "This happened to our peach vendor, and they missed a week of the market because they had no fruit to sell."

"Thankfully another variety of peaches began to ripen, and they are back," she added.

For the most part, though, the drought has not had too much of an impact on local crops.

Other parts of the country have not been so lucky. Although Georgia is prone to high temperatures during the growing season, the scale of the drought is what has many concerned.   

Over half the country, including Georgia, has been because of the lack of rain.  

The video at the top of this article shows just how bad it has become. 

For those vendors with personal irrigation systems to weather the drought, things are better, but for others it is a true conundrum.

Still, "for the most part, our farmers continue to come and sell whatever they have available," Brannen said. "Last week everyone wanted cucumbers, but they were hard to find at the market."

Have you been affected by the drought?  Tell us in the comments!

Mandy McManus July 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The produce at the Lilburn Farmer's Market is truly locally grown...so you are going to have ups and downs with weather. That is the nature of farming...and that is one of the reasons why we have this Farmer's Market to give farmer's an opportunity to sell whatever they have ready. Be sure to come every Friday through the end of August and chat with our local farmers and find out what they have ripe and ready.
Susan July 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Yes, the drought is taking its toll, but there are SO many other wonderful products and services available at the Farmers Market, including music and the opportunity to meet up with friends. This has to be one of the best things Lilburn has going for it! Sort of like a "mini National Night Out "every week. And just a reminder - National Night Out is August 7. Another chance for Lilburn to show what a strong supportive community we are!

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