National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 6-12, just in time for peak-season produce like berries, peaches, peppers, sweet corn and tomatoes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its annual crop production report for Virginia, revealing the state’s farmers reaped bountiful yields despite adverse growing conditions.
Sweet corn season is a sure sign of summer, but farmers say this spring’s cooler temperatures and lack of rain have delayed the crop’s growth.
Corn and other crop prices are at multiyear highs right now from exports, but ethanol production has declined as people work from home and leave their cars parked in their driveways.
Virginia’s sweet corn harvest typically signifies summer, but some farmers said the season has been slow to start after an unseasonably cool spring.