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Despite obstacles, farmers say lots to be thankful for

Morgan Heckbert, an employee of Red Mountain Farm had fresh plums and strawberries for sale at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market.
Morgan Heckbert, an employee of Red Mountain Farm had fresh plums and strawberries for sale at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market. - Adam MacInnis
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. —

Henry Friesen was busy Saturday at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market filling small boxes with freshly picked tomatoes.

Other family members were equally as busy selling the produce to customers.

In many ways, this wasn’t an ideal year for growing crops.

“The beginning was very slow,” Friesen said.

Then the damage from Dorian and colder temperatures this fall haven’t helped any, but he said he’s surprised how good many of the crops have been despite all the adversity.

“We have lots to be thankful for,” he said.

Friesen is a regular at the market and said they have six varieties of tomatoes they grew this year.

Another vendor this past weekend was Red Mountain Farm. Employee Morgan Heckbert was manning the booth and selling fresh strawberries and plums.

She said they took missed most of the brunt of Dorian.

“A lot of corn got flattened and some berries did fall off,” she said. “We lucked out because we don’t do any apples. They definitely took the bigger hit. “

She said the plum trees have done particularly well this year and their late season strawberries are also producing a good crop.

“These are our later season berries, so they’re made to be a bit hardier,” she said. “They’re doing great.”

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