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Farmer's Market Frost

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

It's been an especially cold couple of nights and this can really affect the crops we eat and the folks who grow them.

"It hasn't been too bad, my greenhouse temperatures have stayed about 40, even whenever it's gotten cooler outside," says Andrea Duke, who has a small hobby farm in South Parkersburg.

A plunging thermometer isn't common for mid-May, but local produce seems to be staying strong.

"The cold weather and the frost hasn't really affected us very much 'cause our farm's right down on the river," says Kyle Cross, of Davis Farms in Washington, West Virginia. "The moisture down there and the warmth coming off the water keeps it from frosting really and hurting any of the plants."

I'm here at the farmer's market, where a May cold spell could wreak havoc on the plants, but it looks like warm weather is right around the corner.

"I'm definitely not as busy as I was on Friday. I think with the sun coming out right now that it might pick up here at lunchtime a little bit more," Duke says.

Duke does her best to protect her greens.

"I covered a small bed of strawberries that I had last night and when I checked everything this morning and went out to get stuff for market, I didn't have any frost where I am," she says.

Despite the brutal cold snap, there's been no loss.

"I haven't really noticed a big difference as far as the other people that are here and their produce," Cross says. "It seems like it really hasn't just been bad enough to do any damage."

Maybe it will start feeling more like spring.

"I don't have any concerns. I would say this is probably one of our last, one of our last frost warnings," Duke says.

You can support our local growers who make farm to table a reality Tuesday and Friday.


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