Some produce benefiting from drought

From the looks of some of the produce stands at the State Farmers' Market, you might not be able to tell crops are low.  But Jean Wright is blessed to have anything at all.

"We're sorta having to ration out things," says Wright.

Her livelihood depends on farmers' success.

So when crops aren't abundant, it makes them more expensive--and she's forced to "pass that on to the consumer."

But luckily, she's seeing an increase in customers coming to her stand--perhaps thanks to Governor Robert Bentley's declaration of a State Farmers' Market Day.

Even with a hike in price, though, shoppers say local produce is cheaper than the grocery store.

"Why not give a farmer in Montgomery or the tri-county area your money as opposed to a farmer in California or from South America just to support the local economy," says Katie McEnery.

Nearly half the booths at the State Farmers' Market are empty and vendors there say it's a direct result of a difficult season.

"Had everybody had a good turnout on their crops, we would have probably had more farmers in here, more produce," says Wright.

But the lack of rain hasn't hurt every crop.  Wright says some actually taste better without it.

"The tomatoes have been good, the watermelons are sweeter, your peaches are sweeter, all of your fruit is sweeter if they don't get a lot of rain. The size is not usually good, but taste wise they're good."

If you want to find a farmers' market near you, click on this link for the Alabama Farmers' Market Authority:

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