This photo taken in June shows the Downtown Farmers Market at its peak. The market decided to shut down early Saturday. | File (Natalie Nettles)

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Dry weather forces market to end early

Published 7:38pm Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday marked the last weekly Downtown Farmers Market sponsored by MainStreet Alexander City.

The market usually starts in June and lasts until the final weekend in October, but was stopped early due to unusually dry and hot conditions.

“Everyone said they stripped everything they had to come here,” MainStreet director Richard Wagoner said. “Nobody has been getting any rain.”

Wagoner said he hopes the market can reopen for the weekend before Thanksgiving.

“We’re going to plan for it,” Wagoner said.

Saturday’s market drew six tents of growers, which is less than the 16 to 18 tents that pop up during the market’s peak time.

“The heat has been unbearable,” Wagoner said. “A lot of growers are just tired. They have fought the heat all season and it gets to a point where it costs them money,”

Virginia Futral of Futral Farms in Goodwater occupied one of the six tents at Saturday’s market. She said her and her husband have had decent yields, but it hasn’t been easy.

“We have done fair this year, but not the way we should,” Futral said. “It’s been tough.”

She said most of her vegetables are already gone, but the farm’s honey has done well in the heat.

“The honey has done well because bees love dry weather,” Futral said. “It’s been a good fall back.”

Last week the U.S. Drought Monitor had the Lake Martin area under extreme drought conditions. The drought conditions coupled with the extreme heat have caused a variety of problems for local farmers.

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