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Farmers struggle to keep produce fresh in hot temperatures

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RALEIGH--Plenty of people are packing the Farmer's Market in Raleigh looking for fresh foods, but vendors say the heat isn't helping.

"We just pull it every morning, we keep it irrigated, and really that's all you can do in the heat," vendor Jeannie Hardison said.

Angel Beamon works for farms in Clayton and Benson, and says they've been struggling to keep the goods fresh.

"We're trying to pick it before the heat gets to it because the heat has just been cooking the peas," Beamon said.

Many of the vendors have large coolers full of ice to store the goods and keep them cool. Beamon says for the corn and beans that aren't on ice, it's shuck and shell, then sell.

"It gets so hot that they just split open and juice just runs out of them."

But it's not just produce that has sellers worried. Garden vendor Bill Dement says he's watering plants twice as much as he normally does, all because of the heat.

"The intense heat of 100 degrees or more is stressful on the plants, even plants that like to be in the sun," Dement said.

Whether the vendors are at the market selling produce or plants, the ones we caught up with all agree on one thing.

"It is the hottest summer I've ever experienced," Beamon said.

"This is by far the hottest summer so far," Dement said, and he's spent more than 10 years selling plants at the market.

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