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Rain, cooler weather may boost local crops
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Heat wave has been damagingThe recent rain and cooler temperatures may help the pickings at the local Farmers Market, which have been slimmer than in years past.Local farmers are saying the unusually high temperatures are having a terrible impact on the vegetables, even more so than the dry weather.Farmers Market president J.B. Brown sells hydroponic vegetables that are grown in greenhouses. He raises 8,000 to 11,000 heads of lettuce throughout the season. Even though Brown uses shade cloths, four large fans, and waters his plants every two hours, he estimates he has lost 25 percent of his crop this year due to heat.