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Cooler temperatures signal changes in farmers markets

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – As we begin to see the transition into cooler weather, it also means that we will see a change in our available produce.

Right now, many farmers are beginning to harvest some of their warmer weather vegetables. Meaning, this may be a last call for some of your summer favorites.

However, Adrian White from Jupiter Ridge Farm, said that there still might be a chance to snatch those summer vegetables before they’re gone for the winter.

“It’s kind of the end of tomatoes, the end of basil definitely, end of peppers,” said White. “But a lot of farmers are harvesting the last of the hot season crops right now so they will still be available for the next couple of weeks.”

But, it’s not all over. Christopher and Emily Appleman from the Stone Hollow Gardens and Shroomery, said that cooler weather can make some vegetables sweeter.

“Carrots can survive, carrots are doing really well. Carrots are a winter, so you can actually prep a carrot bed and keep it ripe until next year,” said the Appleman’s. “Spinach does well, kale does really well, cabbage and brassicas.”

As for your home garden, White said there are still some things you can do to keep it going just a little bit longer.

“If you have plants growing in pots or containers, you can bring them inside on your porch, a covered porch. Not a screened in porch but more like a three or four-seasoned porch,” said White. “You can bring some of them inside and they’ll do just fine.”

White also recommends using floating row covers on garden beds to keep away frost and trap the heat.

There still may be a chance to grab some of the warmer weather vegetables. You can check with your local farmers markets  and see what crops are still available.

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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