CHARDON, Ohio - Business was booming at the West Side Market on Monday as produce lovers stocked up on fruits and veggies.
That homegrown produce will be in abundance this year, according to one northeast Ohio farmer.
"Things are growing really well," said Ben Sage of Sage's Apples Fruit Farm in Chardon. "We have a lot of water so things are growing."
Sage said two weeks of rainfall in northeast Ohio has been good for the crops because it's been in small spurts.
"We get half an inch or a quarter inch of rain and it's hot and sunny and it all evaporates," he said. "Everything stays green. Everything's happy. The ground has enough moisture in it. It never gets depleted and that's perfect."
Sage said his prices stay consistent regardless of the weather. However, grocery store shoppers say they're seeing higher prices for some fruits than last year when there was a drought and an early frost.
"Probably the blueberries are at least a buck higher for a very small container full," said Deb Lennex of Parma.
At the West Side Market, Maha Mikhael of King Produce said the prices she pays for produce vary from day to day and really aren't affected by the weather. But she predicts deals are on the way.
"The rain is good for corn," she said. "You're going to have a lot of corn this year and cheap, too."