BUFFALO (WKBW) After weeks, if not months, of dry and drought-like conditions, and worries about crops throughout the region, Western New York finally got some rain. But is it enough for farmers? What better place to answer that question than at the Elmwood Bidwell Farmer's Market.
"It has a huge affect on the vegetables, we have to water 24 hours a day," farmer Tom Tower said.
"There were a lot of crops that were right on the edge of being a disaster," farmer Bruce Bozard added.
Then the rains finally came this week. But was it enough after a summer of drought?
"Well the plants liked it, but it didn't make up for what we lacked," Rich Erdle of Erdle Farm said.
And with growers and consumers worried about how the weather will ultimately affect the product, farmer Tom Tower says dry isn't bad for all crops. Some fruit actually gets sweeter as a result.
"The crop is smaller which impacts the bottom lone, but the quality is better. It seems to be working because we can't keep the tables filled here sometimes," Tower added.
And with the ups and downs, the gamble that growers call farming, each one has their own outlook and their own saying to go along with it.
"Farming is worse than going to Las Vegas, it really is. There is nothing you can do," Bozard said.
"Hopefully we will have enough money as they say to roll the dice one more time," Tower added.
"The farmer's prayer is it should be better next year. I guess that sums it up," Erdle joked.