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Growers Get Ready for Farmers Market


A cool, rainy spring has made a slow start to the growing season.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin visits with one grower about the challenges of getting produce ready for market.

From the strawberries to the lettuce--every crop is a little behind schedule this year.
(Lori Martin / Farmers Market Grower) "Well I think every year growing in North Dakota is challenging. But this year in particular with our late spring and having lots and lots of rain and no sun, plants are just not growing." 
(Sarah Gustin / "Martin says that these lettuce heads went into the ground 3 weeks ahead of these lettuce heads. As you can see there wasn't many good days for growing in between because they are both the same size.
(Lori Martin / Farmers Market Grower) "They are 3-4 weeks behind. We are just hoping that the sun sticks around so things will start to grow."
This is Lori Martin's second year gardening in North Dakota for Farmers Markets.
This California native's focus is lettuce and salad greens, Martin is growing nearly 30 different vegetables to sell throughout the summer.
(Lori Martin / Farmers Market Grower) "I have always had a big interest in food. I like feeding people. It makes me feel good."
Despite the season being off to a slow start, she says customers are ready for a fresh taste. 
(Lori Martin / Farmers Market Grower) "People are always excited for fresh vegetables. It's always a long winter and no matter if it ends in February or April. People want fresh vegetables."
A want this garden is ready to fill.

You can find Martin's produce at the BisMarket, which is held Tuesday evenings from 4-8 and Saturday mornings from 9-1 at the Sertoma Park.
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