Unusually hot summer helps crops catch up after late season snowstormsSubmitted: 07/09/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Unusually hot summer helps crops catch up after late season snowstorms
MINOCQUA - Some farmers had a slow start this year.

"I was at the winter market in Wausau twice during snowstorms on Saturdays in April," said Charles Valentine.

"It seemed challenging," said Valentine. 

But he said the weather switched drastically. By May, Valentine could start planting at Valentine Gardens and Greenhouse in Clark County. 

"It was a record late getting out this spring," said Valentine. "But then the heat turned it around." 

Valentine says the unusually hot summer temperatures have made all the difference. 

"It speeds stuff along," he said.

The weather has sped thing along so well that now Valentine is having a great season.

"We started tousling sweetcorn the last week of June, which is a new record," said Valentine. "A lot of things are ahead of normal three weeks." 

The heat isn't just helping his crop. It's also bringing Valentine more customers at venues like the Minocqua Farmers Market.

"They seem to kind of go with how the gardens come in," said Minocqua Farmers Market President and ZZ Farms owner Tyrena Brzezinski. "So as the produce comes in we get more people coming out." 

Going from snow in April to an especially hot summer certainly isn't normal, but Valentine takes it in stride.

"It's different," said Valentine. "But that's the challenges we deal with." 

You can find Valentine's products at nearly every Minocqua Farmers Market on Mondays and Fridays.

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