No doubt about it, summer is here. Temperatures in Grand Junction are nearly topping out at 100 degrees again and that's a big change from what we've been seeing so far this year at the Downtown Farmers' Market Festival.
From cool rains to now near 100 degree heat, so far this year, the weather has not been kind to farms like Z's Orchard in Palisade. Starting with the harsh spring, "We did end up losing 50 percent of our crop overall as far as peaches go," says Carol Zadrozny of Z's.
The weather then turned to an over-abundance of rain, "The strawberries had trouble with the wet spring," says Zadronzny. There are some crops that have flourished from the unusual seasons. "Our garden has flourished with the wet and cool weather."
Which is good news for those looking for some fresh local produce. So far Mother Nature hasn't been able to put a damper on this year's market.
"We've been booked since the beginning of the year," says Felicia Sabartinelli of the Downtown Partnership. This year's market got off to a wet and cool start but, "We've had an amazing turnout this year people came out with their umbrellas and their boots," she says. Now with the heat finally here there's a waiting list to get in and sell.