Ringgold farm gets bountiful second summer crop after loss early in the season
Crops at Brown's Produce in Ringgold were planted in a higher elevation of the fields to account for the rain and prevent rotting. But still, 50-percent of the first summer crop rotted.
Brown's Produce, located in Ringgold, has measured six inches of rain this month.
Watermelon, cantaloupe, and squash, had to be planted twice. Crops were planted in a higher elevation of the fields to account for the rain and prevent rotting. But still, 50-percent of the first summer crop rotted.
"It just hurt like the squash and a lot of the watermelons and cantaloupes, cucumbers," says David Brown, owner of Brown's Produce.
To account for the early crop, bundles of tomatoes had jumped in price from $15 a bucket to $30, and are now selling for $20. Small bundles are sold for $3.50.
"We've been a little bit higher on watermelons, but not much, because I was having to buy them," says Brown.
Brown tells Channel 3, it's all good. They replanted in June, and the second round has been bountiful.
If you like the spicy foods, the hot days have produced peppers with a little extra kick.
"They're hot. When it's hot, they're hotter," states Brown.
The spice is used as a natural defensive mechanism. As the heat cranks up, so do more critters. The spice is tasty to many of us, but it's a natural repellent to most mammals.
With over 50 years experience, Brown's Produce tells Channel 3, planting crops twice in a season is typical.
They are open Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 7PM, and will be open through Thanksgiving this year.
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