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Vegetables survive the drought--- mostly

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November 5, 2007

Thomasville-- Its business as usual at Lewis Produce, a fixture in the Thomasville Farmer's Market.

Their vegetables are fresh, crisp, and colorful, and if you're in the market for produce, this is the place.  "We have customers from all over, just everywhere. They come by because there's not a whole lot of farmers markets like the one in Thomasville," says Cindy Lewis.

Judging by the quality and quantity, you might think this was any other year.  But Lewis says in all the years this family business has been in operation, they can see a difference.  "There's been things coming in but not as many as there could be because of the drought," she says.

For vegetables like peas, that need lots of fresh rainwater in order to do well, the drought has taken a toll. Their season is already over.  "The pea crop is over. Its over for the season now. And normally we would have them up until Thanksgiving or Christmas," Lewis explains.

For other crops, irrigation has been a lifesaver.   And most farmers in Thomas County irrigate nearly all of the vegetables here. That's why places like Lewis' have still managed to have a fairly successful year.  "Its not as bad as it could have been, I mean you know, its not as good as it could have been either," Lewis says.

And while they hope next year will be much wetter, "I hope the weather's good, but you know, the weather is part of it," Lewis says.  Either way, they'll do their best to keep pleasing their customers.

The Thomas County extension agency says excluding some greens in the winter months, nearly 100% of the vegetables grown in Thomas County are irrigated.

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