Farmer's Markets weather the drought

Aug 17, 2014 8:47 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

With Summer Harvest in full swing and a variety of produce at the farmer's market it's easy to forget that California is in a drought state of emergency. The effects of the drought mean increased production costs on farms statewide.

While drought conditions hit California the hardest, farmers are weathering the storm... or lack there of. James Brock co-owns a booth at the Chico Certified Farmers Market. Throughout the year he grows more than 20 different kinds of produce.

His heirloom tomatoes may not be taking a hit, but the way he farms is. Longer hours in the heat and extra care for his crops are part of his day to day.

Earlier this week Governor Brown agreed to boost water spending plans to $7.5 billion. Brock says he'd like to see the money going to the people actually using the water on the ground instead of projects. Having farmed through a drought and serving on numerous state water boards, James says survival is through community effort.

With a dry winter and a hotter than normal summer, efficiency is key.Some farmers are having to switch their crops to ones that require less water and can hold through the drought. Farmer's markets including the ones here in Chico haven't seen any major increase in preices or a decrease in variety but folks are wondering how long that will last.


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