Smoke affecting Rogue Valley farmers

Fry Family Farm, Sept. 8th 2017, (KTVL/Megan Allison)

MEDFORD -- The smoke is also affecting crops this season.

The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market has business down about 25 percent, and farmers are having a harder time getting out to work during hazardous air quality.

But staff at the farmers market said they always stay open: rain, shine, or otherwise.

"We have a lot of folks coming out with their masks on. Farmer's market customers are pretty hearty. They're healthy because they eat food from the market. But the vegetables don't stop growing," Stacy Van Voorhees said.

On average about 75 vendors work at the market. These past few weeks, that number has been closer to 60.

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