Vendors overcome weather-related obstacles ahead of market seaso

Vendors overcome weather-related obstacles ahead of market season

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WOLFFORTH, Texas -

Farmers across West Texas are facing several road blocks this season including drought conditions, heavy winds, and a recent hail storm. 

Just over a year ago, Wolfforth Farmers Market opened and it is about to be busier than ever but some vendors did not get their products on the table, easily. 

Ethan Carter with E3 Farms had to start from scratch February when a fire completely destroyed his work shed.

"We've gotten the old burnt building taken down, having the new one re built, and we're working on finishing that right now," Carter said.

He said with the help of others, he is back on track. However, just like most farmers, he is concerned about the weather. 

"It's been really dry and really windy," Carter said. "Everything I plant out there, it get's wind blasted, and so far it's just been a ton of water is all we can do about it." 

Ashley Myers with Quail Feather Farms is new to the industry.

"For three years I worked on an organic farm in Northern New Mexico and just this year decided to buy my own farm," Myers said.

Myers said it has been a challenging first year, but is finding ways to make sure her produce sustains these conditions. 

"We use a drip irrigation system, and that helps to conserve water and uses less water than sprinkling, or flooding our fields," Myers said.

There is hope. Carter said the recent rainfall is making a difference. 

"It helped a lot," Carter said. "I mean right before that, you know we were getting awful germination on everything and we get this rain and it's like all of a sudden everything's green and growing beautifully again."

Myers said she still expects a successful market season. 

"It'll work out, we've had droughts before. We always seem to persevere, and come together as a community and get through it," Myers said.

Wolfforth Farmers Market is open every Tuesday and Saturday. Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market begins this weekend. 

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