Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- Have you noticed your melons sweeter or peppers tasting a little more hot?
Would you imagine hot temperatures and the dry summer changing the taste of your veggies and fruit? It's been a good year in some respects to farming but bad in others.
Robert Lashley is featured in the video and has gardened in little Rock for about 6 years.
He says this year, he's harvesting has a new look and taste, both due to lack of rain and hot temperatures. "We didn't have as much rain as usual and so that helped enhance the taste of the tomatoes somewhat," says Lachley.
A lot of rainfall on tomato crops make the fruit juicy, but dilutes flavor. The timing of watering certain melons depicts the amount of flavor in the fruit. Hot temperatures, not so helpful.
The thermometer's not the only thing rising, peppers are cranking it up, too! Lashley grows a medium hot pepper, he says "the drier the weather, the hotter they can get."
On a sweeter note, watermelons have a tasty crop coming in this season. Supposedly this summer, farmers are claiming to have one the best crops of watermelon yet.
Several other types of produce coming in with a bite this harvest especially root vegetables. Arugula, radishes, carrots, onions, and much more produce coming in with more flavor.
Willow Springs Market Garden is located at 4924 Willow Springs Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206. You can reach Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more on their Facebook page.