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Some fresh vegetables in short supply at area farmers markets


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Each weekend hundreds of people head to a local farmers market in search of fresh, locally grown food. But this year has been different, with some items just now hitting the shelves, while others are still not ready to go.

"Everything's been late. Peppers though, we've been waiting for peppers, and zucchinis" said John and Diane Berthold of Eau Claire.

In early August, you expect to see certain produce at a farmer's market. But this year's weather has put an unexpected twist on the selection.

"Peppers usually come in mid or late July, our peppers are just starting to come in now," said Miebee Thao of Eau Claire.

"I plant my sweet onion and my kale and the snow is still very deep," said Ka Xiong of Chippewa Falls.

Weather didn't just push back the growing season; the late start has vendors working in a smaller window.

"Every year we sell the end of May but this year in June we have nothing to sell. This year the business is really low because everything is really low," Xiong explained.

There's only one vendor selling sweet corn here they and it's in high demand, which is no surprise to customers.

"Corn, we're waiting for corn. We wait for it, we like it fresh," Diane Berthold added.

Some vendors say they planted multiple times.

"Tomato, cucumber, strawberry, the garden vegetables, everything's late this year," said Xiong.

But until Mother Nature cooperates, all they can do is sell what they have.

"Generally, every year people ask for things that aren't in season. We just have to let them know when they will be ready," Thao said.

Despite the late arrival and lower yields, customers say prices have been about the same this year at the farmers' markets.  

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