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Cold weather and farmers

Created: 03/27/2014 5:46 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

The cold is hanging on and it is not good news for local growers. For farmers, they can get crops in the ground and that could end up costing you down the road.

News10NBC spent the day at the Rochester Public Market. The farmers there are worried. The weather could already be affecting their bottom line and that could mean you’ll be paying more for fruits and vegetables.

Potatoes, peppers and apples are locally grown produce that you can find at the Rochester Public Market. But with such a cold and long winter, farmers say it’s been a struggle and if it continues, many will have to further delay their planting this spring.

Naomi Moss, Moss Vegetable Farm, said, “It's going to be a very late start for us because of the cold weather. Once the ground starts to warm up, it's good to go.”

But that could take a while. Moss says she probably won't get her seed in the ground until late May, a month late. That means a hit to profits.

Moss said, “Less to sell. It will probably be more expensive during the summer, early fall. So it is a hit to the pocket.”

The same goes for produce farmer, Tim Hoxie. 

Tim Hoxie, Hoxie Farm, said, “It's going to make it a trying year. Hopefully, we'll get a good spring.”

As for the shoppers, many say they make it a point to shop local. They brave the cold in jackets, hats, and gloves. 

Ron Berger said, “The weather doesn't bother me. I just come and I bundle up, buy my stuff, and go home.”

They say it's important to support area farmers and buy fresh. 

Rosemary Dukes said, “I just wanted some fresh veggies. You get tired of the frozen in the can at the store so I go for some fresh ones.”

Farmers are also taking extra precaution to preserve the fruits and veggies they have.

Berger said, “You see there's a space heater there to keep the produce warm so it doesn't freeze.”

Farmers say the ground is frozen so deep that it's going to take more than just a few days of sunshine to thaw. With warmer weather in the forecast, they're hoping it's enough to do the job. 





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