Winter Season Impact On Local Farmers

TRIAD, NC -- Local farmers believe a harsh winter had a big impact on field crops.

"It's been terrible," said Garry Brown, owner of Brown Farm & Garden Market in Ruffin.

Brown grows cucumbers, tomatoes and other heirloom vegetables.

"We should already have all of our cool season crops planted, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes and onions and all our plants are still sitting in the greenhouse," said Brown. "It's been so cold that we just cold get out here to work."

Brown said the up and down temperatures this winter stopped production for about 30-percent of his crop.

"If my cool crops are not in the next 30-days. I probably won't plant them. I just go ahead and get spring crops planted," said the Ruffin grower.

Brown and other farmers told WFMY News 2, the effects of the harsh winter could mean a shortage and a possible increase in prices for consumers at stores.

"You may not miss your cabbage and cool weather crops, if something doesn't change pretty quickly."

North Carolina agricultural experts told us, it will take some time before consumers will feel all the effects, this past winter has had on our local crops.

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