Drought conditions take toll on Kentuckiana farmers, restaurants

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 6:44 PM

La Grange, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The heat is really taking a major toll on farmers throughout Kentuckiana, and now local restaurants are feeling the effects.

Marlena Bolin, owns Girl Next Door farm in La Grange, Ky. and says some of her crops have fried under the hot sun over the last month.

Bolin says her irrigation system is running non-stop and her water bill is nine times higher than usual, costs that are adding up and having a rippling effect.

“I feel really terrible for the live stock folks that are raising animals, because their fees is drying up in the fields and that’s going to drive up meat prices and of course soy and corn. It’s going to be a lot higher by the bushel,” Bolin said.

Some local restaurants have also had to start changing their menu options, because the variety of crops just isn’t there.

Patrick Kuc, General Manager of Papalinos Pizzeria on Cardinal Boulevard, says he has had to cut supply inventory at the restaurant to keep costs down so they can continue to support local farmers without having to raise their menu prices even though farmers have raised their prices.

“We’re just going to try and keep ordering the same that we can. We are just going to penny pinch. We aren’t going to give away business from a good time local farmer,” Kuc said.

 

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