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Grocery shoppers will benefit from good harvest

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It's harvest time for many Michiana farmers, and they tell us, the crops are looking good this year, which could mean some benefits for you on your next trip to the grocery store.

At Kercher Sunrise Orchards, Bill Kercher says their veggies are plentiful. "We've really been pretty blessed with good weather. Rain at the right time and the right amount of heat at the right time."

He says not only do they have plenty of fresh produce, but it's also better quality. "This year they will notice their sweet corn looks a lot better. The ears are a lot longer, bigger in diameter and the kernels are nice and sweet and juicy. People are going to notice the quality is better in their gardens."

And this year is a welcome relief after last year's drought. "It lets you catch up, lets you breath a little easier at night and lets you sleep a little better," says Kercher.

Obviously farmers-like Kercher- are happier this year and Mary Ann Leinhart-Cross with Purdue Extension says shoppers should be too. "Prices are excellent. For some of this stuff you can buy it cheaper than you can grow it yourself."

She says the best deals are the locally grown products, because they have little shipping costs and because Michiana has a surplus of crops. "Fresh grown produce that people can eat right now or preserve is really bountiful."

She says corn and soybeans are also expected to yield good crops, which means you'll benefit from lower prices in the future. "Eventually we'll see the price of livestock grain go down so the cost of livestock, meat, that we buy in the grocery store should come down."

Overall she says it's a good year to be a shopper AND a farmer.

"This is the kind of year you really thank God for and you're thankful for the good weather," says Kercher.

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