Ore. sun ripening produce, flowers a month early

Credit: KGW

Peaches from an Oregon 'Century Farm' are sold at a Salem market.

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW Reporter

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Posted on August 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 8:42 AM

PORTLAND -- The unusually dry weather in the Portland Metro area is making this summer a challenge for many.

Some are saying it feels more like September than early August.

The weather was pushing a lot of things ahead of schedule. Experts at Portland Nursery say right now the key to saving your garden is water. They are now having to water their plants at least twice a day to keep them alive.

And vegetation that's not watered is already turning that "end of summer" brown.

Portland Fire and Rescue showed KGW just how fast grasses will burn right now with just one spark.

“Our fuels are dried out, all this green stuff that we love so much here in Portland that’s stuff turned dry on us and it’s really dangerous for wildfire season,” said Lt. Rich Chatman with Portland Fire and Rescue.

Head to any farmers market, you'll also see the proof.

Fruit that normally wouldn't be ready now is already ripe, like apples which traditionally wouldn't make it to market until next month.

Meantime, for some farmers, fruits like cherries and peaches which normally would last until September are expected to only be around for about another week or so.

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