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Work Doesn't Stop for the Heat on Greenwich Farm

GREENWICH, Conn. — John and Kathy Augustine, the husband and wife team of Augustine’s Farm in Greenwich, were trying to keep cool in the shade Friday while shoppers perused their colorful selection of fresh, organic zucchinis, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, and potatoes.

“The store is not bad,” said Kathy, while arranging plump red tomatoes. “We have a job to do. We worry about the heat when we get home, and the tomatoes love the weather. We’re looking to have a super year.”

“It’s hot, but we get good ventilation,” said John whose parents opened the outdoor produce shop at 1332 King Street in 1952. Earlier Thursday, John started cultivating and watering thirsty vegetables at four a.m. By 5:45 a.m. it was already too hot to work.

Despite the shortage of rain and blistering temperatures, the store was still bustling with activity as customers planned their meals for the evening. “People wait all year for fresh fruit and vegetables,” said John. “On a day like today no one wants to eat anything heavy. If there are power outages people cook on the grille.” He added if there were a power outage the store would still would stay open thanks to a small generator that can power an electric scale to weigh the fruits vegetables.

“It’s getting so hot the weeds are even drying out,” said John, adding that he might even get out on the tractor to get rid of weeds if it cooled down a little. “If it holds up with another four or five days, then we’ll be in trouble,” he said.

There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. on Saturday, otherwise the weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 94 degrees, according to the National Weather Service . Greenwich will feel some relief by Sunday with another slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, and a high near 87 degrees. By Monday temperatures will be back to summertime averages, with a high of 83 degrees.

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