Local growers assess crop damage, explain fuel price plight in video from Kingsport Farmer's Market

Rain Smith • May 2, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Goshen Valley's Andrew LaRocque sells some of his produce at the Farmer's Market in Kingsport. Rain Smith photo.


While the Kingsport Farmer's Market has its seasonal grand opening Saturday, more than a dozen local vendors were gathered in the Shelby Street parking lot Wednesday morning for the market's unofficial first day.

With a quick stroll between the tables and tents, you hear two subjects in the forefront of farmers' minds: an April freeze that damaged crops and high gas prices taking a toll across the board.

CLICK HERE for video of farmers discussing the cold spell's lasting effects.

While you can't call the market's offerings slim pickens -- with lettuce, onions and radishes on nearly every table -- the consensus view is we're about a month away from having an abundance of locally grown peas, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and fruits.

To protect some of those crops, Rogersville's Norman Chaudoin ended up doing double the work. CLICK HERE for video of him discussing how he salvaged vegetables.

All farmer's report losing money due to the high price of fuel. Citing transportation costs, they say the price of everything from fertilizer to seeds have doubled in the past two years.

CLICK HERE for video that explains the farmers' plight.

The Kingsport Farmer's Market celebrates its grand opening Saturday, and will be open every Wednesday and Saturday morning through October.

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