Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

April 2, 2013

Valley Market open despite drought

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — As impacts of a third year of drought continue to be felt by residents in communities like Pauls Valley, another area forced to adjust are businesses, some who are once again preparing for a drop financially.

Forging ahead even as outlooks for the year do not show a break in the dry spell is the Valley Farmer’s Market, which recently opened, though on a much smaller scale.

Explaining some of the cutbacks expected, Garvin County Community Living Center CEO Cathy Cash noted how the conditions will likely not mean vegetables grown for sale by their clients, though there are other returned favorites like tomato plants and farm chicks.

“We’re probably not going to do growing as long as we stay under water restrictions,” said Cash. “We’re not going to open very big.”

The market will also not be buying as much for flower beds like annuals this time around, selling some from what they grew in the greenhouse over the winter, said Cash. They have done quite a bit of research to find plants that are more drought and heat resistant with the hope conditions don’t deteriorate to the point even businesses fall under outdoor water restrictions.

“Each year has just gotten worse… it’s not just the lack of water but the amount of heat on top of fact we’ve not gotten enough water,” said Cash. “We as an agency are doing whatever we can to conserve water.”

Cash noted how they will still take requests for plants through special orders and this could include fall crops since those did not fare as well in the drought last year.

The clients who would have planted vegetables will still have work to supplement that as they will be helping run the new community recycling center set to open next to the market on Earth Day, April 22.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, located at 505 S. Walnut St. and for more information call the Living Center at 405-238-3773.