Drought conditions stressing local markets and gardeners

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. - It's a dilemma any gardener can relate to growing produce under dry weather conditions.

"Things took well over a month to come up the seeds took over a month to come up. They want the real rain because we water and they want rain," said Rebekah Engebratson, Watford City home gardener.

Rebecca says she hasn't seen a drought like this in years. The weather prevents her from growing and selling produce at the city's marketplace.

"Thursday was the first opening day and there was nobody there for produce really. I think there was one person there, but I had nothing," said Engebratson.

Rain this past week brought producers a glitch of hope to their garden, but not nearly enough.

"I was just walking in the garden and I saw several zucchinis that are ready and things that were not ready before I think we get a little bit of rain and everything boosts up," said Engebratson.

And while dry weather conditions are a barrier for many gardeners, Rebecca says she wouldn't give up on the task.

"I guess it's our grocery budget for sure, but as far as what I sell in town its more so I don't have to can so much," said Engebratson.

Dry times like this, you can only hope for rain to come soon. The Watford City Marketplace is held at the McKenzie County Heritage Park until mid-September every Thursday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.