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The U.S. Agriculture secretary has declared Aug. 3-9 National Farmers Market Week.

Farmers markets and vendors have fresh sweet corn, blueberries, peaches, cabbage, okra, green beans, squash, cucumbers, and more.

Peach growers in California may soon have better tools for saving water.

Scientist Dong Wang is eval-uating whether infrared sensors and thermal technology can help growers descide when to water San Joaquin Valley peaches.




Mid summer’s a good time to plant more, sow fall seeds

Farm Market Week set Aug. 3

Have fresh okra? Fix gumbo

Fresh summer okra and tomatoes from farmers markets become the perfect gumbo ingredients.

And to simplify that Southern taste, seasonings like Old Bay make this recipe easy to prepare..

New irrigation method studied



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By Bobbie Whitehead

Posted July 30, 2014

July’s end typically signals a summer crop’s close, but gardeners still have time to plant more as well as sow a fall garden, too.

To start the fall garden, seeds to consider planting include root vegetables like radishes, beets, garlic and turnips or leafy ones like broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce and various herbs.

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Sweet corn now selling.