Mild temperatures mean bold flavor

Growers say slow ripening fruit will be more flavorful.

August started out several degrees cooler than average, but then raced back up to the nineties this week. That temperature change can wreak havoc on crops.

Growers tell 7&4 News there is no shortage of crops. There has been a little delay in growth because of the colder weather, but now things are looking up this season.

The cooler start to August slowed the growth of many crops, especially tomatoes.

â??It's hard to wait for them,â?? said Wendy Warren of Warren Orchards. â??People are impatient, but you can't rush Mother Nature.â??

â??They're very slow growing in size and they're very late to ripe,â?? said Linda Bugai, who has tomatoes growing in her garden. â??They're taking lots and lots of water. They're getting a little better size than they did to begin with, but they're still very slow coming.â??

Warren told 7&4 News this warm weather trend will speed things up and add to her produce counter.

â??This warm weather should really push things along,â?? said Warren. â??We're hoping to have [tomatoes] by this weekend maybe.â??

It took a while for the produce to ripen, but the wait is well worth it this season.

â??It's making for a lot better flavor and just a real high quality product this year. We've noticed that in everything,â?? said Warren.

It is not just the produce stands benefiting. Vineyards say their grapes are doing just fine especially with the warmer weather. They say they need the average temperatures to continue into the fall. Growers of all kinds are putting in their order for no early freezes.

â??We know there's still a possibility something could go wrong, but we're grateful for the weather and the crops we've been able to harvest so far because so far it's been a really good year,â?? said Warren.

Meteorologist Mark Watkins says temperatures to be slightly above average for the next month according to projections. Rainfall is expected to be average.