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Despite Drought, Farmers Market Has No Problems

July 28, 2012, 6:28 PM by Lindsey Branwall

Despite Drought, Farmers Market Has No Problems
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

South Dakota’s crop has been dry. But week after week, farmers keep bringing produce out for ample crowds which aren’t scarce this season.

This summer the awning over the Falls Park Farmers market has been helpful shade for its crowds of visitors, but Saturday morning, it shielded the rain.

"We need an inch or two," farmer from Rutland Cody Carper said.

While farmers can only hope Saturday's shower will fill their rain gauges, Falls Parks vendors know there is something they can count on.

"They're so loyal; I see the same faces week after week after week, but I see just as many new faces too," Aurora farmer Chase Jensen said. 

One new face is Dana Lang.

"I've never been here before, so I'm kind of late in the season, but I decided to check it out" Falls Park visitor Dana Lange said.

With a dependable crowd eager for sweet corn, Carper is glad the season came early for him. He believes he has Mother Nature to thank for that.

"Up by us we were a little more wetter in the spring than a lot of areas were," Carper said.

While vendors are able to bring sweet corn by the truckload, it has been the toughest of this year’s crop.

"That's probably been the biggest issue over the last month is the dry conditions we're all facing," Jensen said.

But fielding other produce hasn't been a problem.

"Fortunately, all of my garden crops I'm able to get water to, and without it we just wouldn't have a crop,” Jensen said.

And that's one reason Lang is happy she could make it out on Saturday.

"I love to garden, but my garden looks bad. My beans, I've tried to do what I can do to make them produce and it's not happening," Lang said.

She's just one of many who know that the cream of the crop doesn't lie in her backyard, but that of Falls Park.

“My tomatoes are very slow in progress but the ones here are beautiful," Lang said.

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