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Local farmers' markets suffer from heat, drought conditions

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Nationwide, this is the driest weather we've seen in recent years.

The heat, humidity and drought conditions are taking a toll on local farmers' markets. Not only is business suffering but health of employees and the crops themselves.

Jim Krsnak is normally one of dozens of farmers who spends a Sunday selling his fresh home-grown veggies. He and his wife Linda own Linda's Gardens just outside of Canton.

But at the Sunday Hartford Farmers' Market, he's one of the few.

"Everyone's favorite conversation is the heat and the drought and you don't talk to anyone without talking about it so it's on everyone's minds," Jim Krsnak said.

He says the heat has taken its toll on everyone and a lot of other things, too.

"Trying to keep things watered is a full-time job. It's constant. Our well is running 24-7 and we're slowly losing ground. We've had to give up some crops just because there's not enough water for everything," Krsnak said.

Some of the crops taking a hit, he says, are large potatoes and pickling cucumbers. For other vendors, lettuce and cabbage.

"Just to keep a fresh looking product on the table, it's a lot more work and a lot riskier in normal years," Krsnak said.

Jim and his wife, Linda, would spend close to 14 hours a day in their garden and say it's a constant frustration just to keep foods looking as good as they did, on Sunday.

They sell at 6 markets each week and are hoping for rain soon to make it easier on themselves, their employees and their foods.

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