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Bountiful harvests but low dairy prices

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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