Heavy rain is affecting the supply of local produce

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MALVERN, Ala. (WDHN) — Aplin Farms sells a lot of tomatoes during June and July every year, but this year, instead of being at the peak of tomato season, they’re just past it and are seeing a lower amount of tomatoes due to rain.

“You’ve got constant wet weather so, you know so you got plants dying out, and you’re losing some of your crops,” Aplin Farms owner John Aplin said. “So the volume of the produce is going to be significantly lower.”

Despite this, Aplin said this hasn’t affected their business, and they have a good supply of most of their produce.

“Tomatoes are in good shape, corn is in good shape, several of our crops are in really good shape for our local crops, but peas are running really, really short this year.”

So what should you look for when picking out the perfect tomato?

“You don’t want your tomato too red because it’s going to be mushy, and of course, you don’t want it too green because it’s not going to taste as acidic or flavorful as it would if it were ripe enough.”

Aplin recommends people to get produce now if they want it local and fresh.

Aplin Farms is open Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5 p.m. and is located at 2729 N County Road 49.

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