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Southside Farmers Feeling the Heat


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman

Danville, VA - Farmers at the Danville Farmers' Market are feeling the impact from these warm temperatures. 

Some farmers have stopped going to the market altogether because they simply do not have the amount of produce to sell.

As some vendors cash in at the Danville Farmers' Market, others feel the heat.

"It's really rough. It's just like you losing your job, having no income. It's not a good situation," said farmer Warren Landis.

Landis retired from his full-time career to become an organic farmer relying on his produce to produce his income. He works mostly with a Community Supported Agriculture Program, promising crops to more than 20 customers for about half the year. The remaining produce go to the farmers market.

"It's difficult, you spend all winter getting look around and say wow that's hard to take. It's like a half a year's work getting burned up," said Landis.

Landis says no matter how much he irrigates, he has no control over the sun's effects. Or his loss of half of his profits.

"It almost looks like you take a blow torch and burn the leaves," said Landis.

"A lot of the farmers are struggling with that, especially the backyard farmers that are maybe a little bit bigger than what you can do with a water hose but are not quite big enough to have an irrigation system. Their crops are drying up at this time," said Jacob McCann, program director for Crossing at the Dan.

While the smaller farms like J&W Produce aren't affected as much by losses, they are still sad to see their hard work go to waste.

"We'll just plow up probably this weekend and restart possibly some new plants in mid-August," said farmer Penny Crumpton.

Farmers say they face challenges every year, but this heat certainly made it a difficult season.

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