‘Heatflation’ Hits the Farmers Market
This summer’s heat and drought have driven New York farmers’ input costs up and their yields down, straining their finances and further pushing up food prices.
Colin Kinniburgh · September 6, 2022
Right now, you dig down, its powder, says Long Island farmer David Fink of his soil after an exceptionally dry summer. Corn stalks that would normally be at least eight feet tall barely reach five. | Colin Kinniburgh/New York Focus
A diesel pump draws water from Jonathan Sujeckis well to irrigate his fields. His energy costs have skyrocketed along with the price of diesel. | Colin Kinniburgh/New York Focus
The Finks say they’ve been forced to raise vegetable prices by 50 cents a pound this year, with constant irrigation further pushing up costs. | Colin Kinniburgh/New York Focus
Fink says his pumps have been running almost 24/7, when they would normally run only every few days. That means extra work for farmers, too. | Courtesy Michelle Fink
Colin Kinniburgh is a reporter at New York Focus, covering the state’s climate and environmental politics. Over a decade in media, he… more
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