A producer market in the Lac-Saint-Jean is experiencing its worst season in 20 years, whereas after the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, and a period of drought this spring, a hail storm has affected 50 % of its land this week.
“To me, it’s been 20 years that I am in business and over 30 years that I am in agriculture. This is the first time I see it “, laments Guillaume Doucet, owner of the organic farm vegetable Garden of the Lake, at Saint-Prime.
Wednesday, late morning, a storm began. “It started to fall out of the big ball [hail] as big as the tip of the fingers, and more. It lasted 5-10 minutes. By chance, he does ventait not, ” he says.
Covered with a white carpet or flooded water, some fields were unrecognizable. Plantings of lettuce, beans, onions, squash, and tomatoes, in particular, have suffered damage. Carrots, potatoes, and corn are better.
All is not lost
Mr. Doucet is estimated that approximately half of the land that are not covered have been affected by the weather, which could result in 35 000 $ to 50 000 $ of losses.
Fortunately, the shoots are recoverable and a significant part of the production that is done under a fifteen greenhouses has been spared.
“Lift up the sleeves, and then it starts all over again. It seems serious at the time, but there are a lot of stock that we are going to try to recover, ” said the farmer.
That is why the stall of the vegetable Garden of the Lake will be able to continue to offer a wide diversity of fruits and vegetables until the end of the season. However, the company will not be able to sell as many products in the grocery store.
“We thank everybody who encourages us. Continue to do it, ” asks Guillaume Doucet, who does not have insurance for this type of loss, who prefer to wager on a wide variety of products to compensate for the vagaries of nature.
“Every year, we lose some of the stock because the temperature is made which is incredibly hard to manage “, said Mr. Doucet.
One thing is certain, the producer farmer will long be remembered by the year 2020. “The spring has been very, very hard. It began with the uncertainty of the COVID ; we didn’t even know if we were going to open, ” he recalls.