PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While drought grips the Midwest, many Maine farmers say this has been a decent growing season so far. The Portland Farmer's Market was full of colorful produce Wednesday.
A few farmers, like Eddie Peterson of Yarmouth's Beckwith Farm, said this was a banner year for crops. "It's been a great year," Peterson said. "It's been nice, hot, fields have gotten rain just when they need it. The fields are just perfect."
Others said the crops were coming a little late. It rained quite a bit early in the season, and that meant late planting. Mark Heidmann of Maple Springs Farm in Harrison said, "Our problem at the beginning was too much rain, so it delayed some planting. And it meant that I had to move some things from one bed that stayed wet longer. I had to change some plans."
It also was very dry in July, which caused its own issues. According to the USDA, much of central and southern Maine got about 25 percent of its usual rainfall. And the US Drought Monitor showed most of Maine as "abnormally dry" in its August 7th report. But farmers said it hasn't been a big deal.
"We've been able to irrigate. We've got a couple of ponds, " said Wendy Fowler of Pleasant Hill Gardens in Scarborough. "It's lots of extra work when mother nature doesn't help us out. But we've been pretty good lately."