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Farm won’t have apples to glean due to drought

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 4:36 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

This summer’s drought is beginning to have an impact on the availability of food for local food pantries.

Randy Martin, owner of The King’s Gardener, is a regular donor to Catholic Charities. Each year he invites the organization to glean apples from his farm. But that won’t be the case this year, thanks to dry conditions that hindered the trees' production of apples.

“Dixie usually gets between a hundred to a hundred seventy-five bushels, when the kids come out and pick 'em for her. It won’t happen this year, but if the crop comes back next year, she’ll be able to come and get apples for the food pantry again,” says Randy Martin.

Martin says the dry weather affected several of his crops, not just his apples. We’ll have more on how this year’s drought is affecting crops on this week’s County Ag Report.

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