Lalone, farm manager at Gracie’s U-Pick and Farm Market in Fruitport Township, has been forced to run the farm’s watering system 24/7. Otherwise, the crops won’t achieve their correct size and will shrivel up and die, he said.
“We’re trying to keep stuff alive,” Lalone said.
The farm market at 1950 Mount Garfield Road is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. People can pick their own blueberries or chose from the farm's retail selection.
The 40-acre farm offers blueberries, tomatoes, strawberries and cherries. Lalone said the recent heat wave has greatly impacted the strawberries by slowing down their growth to almost a halt.
Lalone said he anticipates fruit throughout Michigan to be smaller in size because of the lack of rain. Constant watering can barely keep up.
“We’re paying for the March weather,” Lalone said, referring to the beautiful early spring.
Norton Shores resident Shari DeCou and her daughter, Carissa Mickey, were at the farm last week to pick berries. They said the activity gives them time together and an opportunity to enjoy the summer weather.
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