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Bountiful harvests but low dairy prices


October 7, 2020

SUNFLOWERS PART OF SCENE FOR THE SOUL – The story of the Hedlins growing sunflowers on Chilberg every year was pursued by Anne Basye. Dave Hedlin told her: “I just like it. It looks nice. I like to think that between Mesman’s cows on organic pasture and our sunflowers, you can drive that leg into town and your blood pressure will go down 10 points.” Photographed Sept. 21, the last day of summer. – Photo by Sarah Walls

Mother Nature was good to La Conner-area farmers this year.

“It was a perfect summer,” said Dean Swanson of the Swanson Family Farm.

A wetter spring and early summer warmth meant seeds could germinate and young plants could get established without irrigating. “The crops got a really good start,” said Ray de Vries of Ralph’s Greenhouse.

Swanson grew “the best corn we’ve had all year” with no irrigation. Unless there is an early freeze, he will be picking through October 20. A “super long” berry season also meant lots of good weekends at farmer’s markets.

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