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    ShakeSpearean Summer


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    Rainstorm creates challenge for Holland Marsh farmers


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    Spate of bee deaths a genuine cause for concern

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    The Humber River Theatre Company put on a Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Nights Dream at Tasca Park in Nobleton Saturday. In the photo rehearsing are Michaela DiCesare, as Hermia, and Steve Coombes.

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    By Brea [email protected]

    Residents were in for some strange summer weather as unusu-ally large hailstones poured down last Friday.

    With a severe thunderstorm warning in effect, Environment Canada was calling for hail three-to-four centimetres in diameter, or ping-pong sized hail. Around 8 p.m., a large and aggressive storm hit the area severely damaging crops within the Holland Marsh.

    Some residents posting pho-tos to social media compared the hail to golf balls or toonies. Heavy rain also came with the storm. There were also multiple reports of cracked windshields and dented cars, but the extent of the storms damage seems to have hit farmers the hardest.

    Jody Mott, executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers Asso-ciation, says upward of 20 farmers

    have experienced severe damage to their land, the equivalent of about 2,000 acres.

    Multiple acres of onions, car-rots and lettuce have been shred-ded, she explained.

    Our guys have gone from deal-ing with extreme drought to flood-ed and destroyed land. Some were up to their ankles in water.

    Mott says she isnt sure whether the affected farms will be able to recover from such damage. The storms timing was especially upset-ting, as some of the grown lettuce was supposed to have been har-vested that Saturday morning.

    When asked what the damage will cost farmers, Mott says a price tag cant be calculated.

    This is going to affect each farmer very differently and I cant speak for each of them. Its really going to depend on whether or not they can salvage anything or if they choose to re-seed.

    Herman Gasko agreed, as he stood staring out into one of his damaged onion fields. Most of his 30 acres of crop, which included a large amount of both red and yel-low onions, cannot be saved.

    He plans on disking what remains in a portion of his fields to make way for carrot seeds. As it is already so late into farming season, Gasko says the carrots will not be ready until the end of October or beginning of November.

    We will go well into frost sea-son, so I really dont know what will come out of it. Costly is how I would describe all of this, in one word. This season is proving to be a challenge.

    And a challenge it has certainly been. Farmers within the marsh have already endured two major windstorms, a drought and now a major hailstorm. Gasko and many of his neighbours were forced to re-seed crops due to the windstorms

    over the last couple of months, only to lose a majority of them Friday night.

    Now, the future of the season is uncertain. Farmers with crop insur-ance will do their best to ensure that whatever can be saved will be saved, though Mott says only a handful have that security blanket.

    Farmers have been using an Epson salt spray to attempt to heal vegetables as quickly as possible to gain a better idea as to what can be salvaged.

    Avia Eek, a councillor with King Township and a Holland Marsh farmer, says Fridays storm eerily resembles the destructive path of a tornado that hit the marsh in May of 1985.

    The exception with this situa-tion, she says, is that it was not buildings that have sustained the damag