Aug 1, 2011 8:33 PM by Stephanie Collins
Our heat wave has been good for some farmers, after our cool spring put them about a month behind.
Farmers say in a typical year summer crops start growing by the start of May, but this year it was almost June before the weather warmed up enough, "Once the growing season started it never warmed up, we just had cold, cold, cold. Now we finally got the heat and things have caught up," says Joe Miller with Miller Farms out of Platteville.
While a lot of Colorado produce is doing well, some crops are still behind, forcing farmers to bring in out of state produce, "The reason were still getting plums and apricots from different states because it's behind in Colorado. The western slope is still about a week or two weeks behind just because of the weather," says Cassidy Maestas with Miller Farms.
Peaches from the Western Slope are just starting to show up, but farmers there hope to have those fruits that are behind, available soon, "Everything's about a week or two weeks off, a little late, so we'll go further into the later season maybe first week of October with our fruit," explains Zack Quintana with Paynes Produce.
One bright spot from the cool spring, farmers say their potatoes came out extra tasty. The surplus of Colorado crops means good deals for consumers that go out to local farmers' markets.
The farmers we talked to today were at the Acacia Park Farmers Market in the Springs, but there are several every week across Southern Colorado.