SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Downtown Farmer’s Market in Syracuse had its last day of operation on Tuesday, and this comes on the heels of a summer that has seen record wetness in Central New York.
On many days from April to September, the rainfall in Syracuse substantially exceeded seasonal normals. All of this wetness has had a negative effect on the harvests of many farmers, among them vendors at the Downtown Farmer’s Market.
“This hasn’t been a great year,” Linda Hahn, a vendor at the Downtown Farmer’s Market who operates a stand representing Hahn Farms in Baldwinsville, said of this harvesting season. “It was so wet, things didn’t grow as well as they should have.”
Another vendor, Jim Maryinuk, who operates a stand representing Maryinuk Farms in Palermo, experienced a lot of growth during his harvest, but not the kind that harvesters prefer.
“The weeds came in so rampantly, it was hard to even get to the crops,” Maryinuk said.
Even with the difficulty of harvesting crops that came with the record rainfall in Central New York, the vendors will still miss working their stands as the Downtown Farmer’s Market season draws to a close.
“Naturally, we’re gonna miss most about being able to bring our produce down here and offer it to the public,” Maryinuk said.