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Freezing Temperatures Delay Farmers Market

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Like many other Texoma farmers, Steve Young was expecting to sell his produce and preserves at the opening day of the farmers market.

But the freezing temperatures we had on April 24th, killed some of his fruit and vegetables.

"Instead of global warming we're having global cooling here," said Young.

Since he's not the only one who took a hit, farmers market organizers have decided to delay opening day until May 21st.

Young says, "Here I believe it got as low as 29 so here we lost some of the blooms of strawberries and the blackberries were hit worst than I thought. We will still have some blackberry crops but it will probably be about a 20% blackberry crop."

His strawberry orchard is already back to normal but young says that dip below freeze also wiped out most of the peaches and plums.

"There will be some peaches out there from some of the vendors at the market. We'll bring some peaches from somewhere else so they will have them. They just won't be Charlie peaches," said the farmer.

Produce growers also lost squash, watermelons, cantaloupes and tomatoes but those items have been replanted and they will be available at the farmers market. Customers will just have to wait a little longer to get them. Probably until June.

Young says, "Even through the hot summer we will continue to grow things. We plant new things as we go through so we'll have just as much as we had last year."

Unfortunately replacing what was lost is costing young quite a bit of money.

"Sure we will lose some profits, we will. We will just have to tighten our belt and we'll have to maybe not buy some equipment," said Young.

Young says when the farmers market opens people will be able to find a lot of strawberries, broccoli and leafy vegetables. But he says the best thing to buy right away are green onions. He's expecting things to be in full swing by June 1st.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6

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