Colle Farmers Market Responds to Blizzard Nemo's Devastating Effect on Connecticut's Farm Community

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After Connecticut's farming industry suffered severe losses during the recent blizzard, Colle Farmers Market, an advocate for the organic farming community, issues a response.

On February 18, Colle Farmers Market responds to the damage that fallout from Winter Storm Nemo is having on the local vegetables being produced in Connecticut.

According to an article in The CT Mirror, the Connecticut farming industry has been affected about six times in the last three years by severe weather.

“Prior to the blizzard, the state's farming industry had suffered ongoing indignities since 2009 from prolonged rain; prolonged drought; storms Irene, Sandy and the October 2011 snowstorm; and two winters ago a similar snow situation. A series of closely timed snowstorms resulted in as much snow as the blizzard.”

The damage to crops is significant, but this is only one part of the worries for Connecticut farmers, says the article. An estimated 100 structures were damaged or collapsed during the recent blizzard, and that estimate is still incomplete. Many of these structures were used for indoor farming, a technique that has become increasingly popular in Connecticut – largely due to the high demand for local vegetables and fruits throughout the year. Indoor farming is used by farmers to extend their season.

The article states that the main problem for some farmers is having a financially viable fall-back plan in the event that the indoor structures become unusable, as many of them have in the Nemo aftermath. Many hoop houses and high tunnels – two structures that are typically used for indoor farming – are not insurable since they are considered temporary structures, reports the article. While low-interest loans may be an option after the government gets an accurate estimate of the total damage, some farmers are not attracted to the idea of taking out a loan.

Colle Farmers Market issues a response to the news, saying that Connecticut's farming is strong and stable. This may be another huge loss for farmers in the area, but the high demand for local produce and the rising popularity in farmers markets will be significant factors that help the industry rebound in the coming months.

The company also urges farmers to consider all the available options for indoor farming. While hoop houses can be easier to set up, they do not have the strong structure you can find in greenhouses. Additionally, greenhouses are easier to insure, which will give them peace of mind during severe weather events.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle.

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