Local produce demand rises after rain destroys crops

    7:03 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Local fruits and vegetables see the impacts of heavy rains over the past few weeks.

    Argenta Market Produce Manager Patti Ann Mayabb tells THV 11 she's struggling to stock shelves with soft produce such as berries, tomatoes, and peppers. "I think it's affected us because the crops have been a lot smaller. I think they just get beat up. I think small tomatoes have had a hard time this year...anything that's more delicate I think has a problem." adds Mayabb.

    Prices are going up too. Mayabb says smaller crop yields mean higher prices for the fruits and vegetables still in season. And while some farmers are done growing berries and tomatoes, others have found ways to cope with the rain. "I grow 20 items and I'll grow them in stages so not one particular crop failure can catastrophically hurt my farm." says local farmer Kelly Carney. Carney started his own farm north of Jacksonville five years ago. He says his berries have turned out fine this year, but some of his melons were cracked because of the storms.

    Carney believes patience is a key with farming in Central Arkansas. "They always want them sooner than they get here but they're happy when they get here." he added.







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