Texas markets

Drought forces agricultural markets to cope with increased demand for less supply

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Food producers don’t have as many produce this year, but when they bring their produce to farmers’ markets, more people are eager to buy.

“The cost of fertilizers, the cost of water, the cost of producing plants has definitely gone up, but the quality you get from a farmer is what matters and the quality is exceptional,” said one of the founders. from the Downtown Farmers’ Market. in Lubbock, Larry Simmons said.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market, located at 19th and Buddy Holly Avenue, is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 15.

Simmons says some longtime sellers have had to say goodbye because this year hasn’t been easy.

“To be a farmer at our farmers market, you need to grow 65% of what you sell,” Simmons said. “You can’t buy it and bring it. So when the weather is so hot and so dry it affects everyone’s crops, so things come late, they stay longer and so it’s just , it’s just more difficult.”

The Farmers’ Market here in the central city is also across the street, which Simmons says makes it hotter for shoppers.

“We’re a street event in the Depot district, so you set up on Buddy Holly Avenue and it’s a little hot in the afternoon,” Simmons said.

Simmons says there are still new vendors every week because it’s a great way to earn some extra cash.

“In this type of economy where everyone is working on a hustle side, we have backers and arts and crafts and everything, so it’s a good place to try your hustle side,” Simmons said. .

This is also true for vendors at Frenship High School’s Wolfforth Farmers’ Market on Donald Preston. Dr. Brett Peikert and his wife own Peikert Farms and both work full time, but continue to farm because they find it fun. He says this year he has fewer products but more sales.

“We probably have a few bushels’ worth of tomatoes, and we’ll usually sell them out in less than an hour,” Peikert said.

He has been gardening for years and started selling at the market last year.

“Last year it was very easy because there was a lot of rain. This year it was very difficult. Without rain and with high temperatures, it is very difficult to grow,” said Peikert. “We don’t have any tomatoes growing in the field.”

Peikert saved his tomato crop because he had planned for the worst, but didn’t expect the worst. Last year he built a greenhouse just in case.

“We did this just to try to give some protection and it really paid off because now we have a place where our tomatoes and cucumbers can thrive in there,” Peikert said.

He says he sells every Saturday because people who cannot grow their own crops turn to others.

You can discover Peikert Farms and other vendors at Wolfforth Farmers’ Market every Saturday, all year round from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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