Cold, wet weather delays farm produce, growers say

Farmers market offerings are slim by normal June standards


Colorado’s wet spring may be good news for the state’s drought outlook, but it also means delays for the state’s produce, said growers at the Aspen Grove Farmers Market on June 19.

“It’s a late season this year, and people need to be patient,” said Daniel Dukic of Forte Farms in Palisade, on Colorado’s Western Slope. “We just now got cherries. We should see the first peaches by the end of June.”

On the plus side, Duckic said, the extra moisture — Colorado saw more rain by June this year than in all of 2018, according to the National Weather Service — means this year’s Western Slope peach harvest should be a big one.

It’s not just Colorado seeing delays, said OLN Markets manager Jeremy Becker.

“There are problems all over the place,” Becker said. “It’s scary when it’s late June and lots of our produce is coming from California and Mexico. We should be seeing stuff from Georgia, Florida, even Nebraska and Kansas, but we just aren’t yet.”

Cold weather crops are doing well, Becker said.

“The spaghetti squash is a hot seller, and we’ve got local beets that are pretty great,” Becker said. “We’ve got some Colorado garlic that’s just fantastic.”

Wet weather means more flowers for bees, said Noah Zinter, a manager for Bjorn’s Raw Whipped Colorado Honey, but the cold winter was tough on the company’s hives, which stretch between Denver and Boulder.

“We had some big temperature fluctuations that caused some big die-offs,” Zinter said. “The rainfall this spring helps, but a couple months doesn’t make a summer. We’ll see how things shake out.”


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