NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The last time Fisher Farm & Ranch saw measurable rainfall was about a month ago. Owner David Fisher said it was taking a toll on his farm.
“[There’s] burnt cauliflower, he said.[There’s] burnt cabbage. On the other side is burnt broccoli. In fact, we planted it in early April and it would have done well. It would have been good, but the heat fell too quickly.”
They were unable to recover, resulting in significant financial loss.
In addition to selling wholesale and at farmers’ markets, Fisher runs a door-to-door delivery service and had to suspend deliveries this month.
“That’s what’s frustrating,” he said.
The good news is that farmers like him are highly skilled to work in these conditions and have the tools they need to adapt and start over.
“Irrigation, irrigation, irrigation…it’s the only thing keeping agriculture alive in East Texas in this kind of weather,” Fisher said.
Fisher says his watermelons won’t disappoint.
“This year has been especially challenging,” said Cindy Johnson, Rotary Frisco Farmers Market Manager. “With the drought and the heat, our vendors are struggling.”
Unfortunately the extreme conditions have prevented some people from visiting and buying what can be sold. This hurts sellers.
“They employ a lot of local people,” Johnson said. “They contribute to the local economy and if you can go out and enjoy the fruits of the local economy and support the local economy, it will benefit everyone.”