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Farms fight through sweltering heat

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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

As the hot summer sun lingers into September, consumers may notice a lot of favorites will be missing from the local farm stand.

The 90-degree days can take a toll on a lot of crops, but farmers said they are doing their best to save what they can.

Farmers said they are more than ready for a break in the extreme weather, especially after the hottest day of the year.

"Today, we were harvesting summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, pickles. We picked some melons, some tomatoes,” said Jim Futtner of Futtner’s Family Farm.

The farm is a fourth-generation farm and greenhouse in East Hartford, where they are doing their best to cope with 28 days at or near 90 degrees.

This means, there is a lot of watering of their roughly eight remaining acres of farm fresh fruits and vegetables.

"We're hoping, it'd be nice to get - not to get too much, but maybe an inch and inch in a half. Sometimes you get three or four inches at once and that's too much, it'll do damage. The tomatoes will split, the melons will split,” Futtner said.

"It's a lot of work, it's extra work definitely and it's great that he knows what he's doing because if he didn't it could easily fall by the wayside,” said Honora Futtner.

September is already almost six degrees warmer than normal, and August and July were also slightly warmer than usual.

"Well, we're still going with the corn, the tomatoes are out of sight with the flavor, the melons are wonderful, the watermelons,” Honora Futtner said.

"I have not yet had a perfect summer in New England, it's either too wet or too dry,” said Jim Futtner.

The farm is open to the public and people can pick their own vegetables on certain days.

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