Despite being hundreds of miles away from Hurricane Ida, Massachusetts farms also took a major hit, and the storm's aftermath is still being felt. Due to the rainy summer and the hurricane remnants both, crops were flooded. At Allendale Farm, on the border of Jamaica Plain and Brookline, some vegetables were fully underwater after Ida hit. Allendale Farm CEO Helen Glasser: "You could look through water and see the tops of lettuces. We still have some standing water in our field.”
Glasser told wbznewsradio.iheart.com they lost a good portion of their crops because of the flooding, and many other Bay State farms are in the same boat: "Tomatoes are over and have been for a week; we regularly have them into October. Peppers, eggplants, probably done for the year. They're just so wet. They've stopped flowering and fruiting."
Allendale Farms is one of the many agriculture operations that has diversified its offerings over the years, branching into so-called agritourism. Because of that, Glasser says they're keeping their heads above water. But the extent of the damage is still unclear as harvest season continues.
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