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Yakima Farmers Market Vs. The High Temperatures

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YAKIMA, Wa.- With all the hot weather you wouldn't expect a big turn out at Yakima's weekly farmers' market but according to local growers the hot weather hasn't affected their business.
This is the farmers market's 16th year, but the heat is currently a chart topper and nothing they've seen before.

Growers from Calhoun farms say that getting the peaches off the trees early is key. the high heat makes them bruise easier so pickers have to be extra careful.

The hot temperatures are also causing tomatoes to split before they are ready to sell, but this hasn't stopped customers from flocking to the market.

"With the heat you think people wouldn't come out to the farmers market but it's really busy, people are out here wanting the fresh fruit, vegetables, crafts from the farmers market, so there hasn't been any slowing down," says Juanita a helper at Dagadagan Farms.

Local growers say business at the market has been great and they've even seen a slight increase in customers since last year.

The heat has certainly made it difficult for growers to work long hours though, they say with temperatures in the triple digits they can only work half days.

If you're ready to brave the heat local growers are here every Sunday downtown in Yakima, from 9 am to 2pm.
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