|Published:||Dec 15, 2010 7:06 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 15, 2010 4:07 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- The freezing temperatures were just too much for some local produce to handle.
At 31 Produce in Lee County, farmers say they lost about $50,000 worth of squash, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.
Owner Mike Greenwell says at one point overnight, the temperature dropped as low as 27 degrees and stayed that low for four hours.
Greenwell says they couldn't cover everything.
They covered some tomatoes with frost cloth, but those left uncovered did not make it through the night, freezing and dying on the vine.
He says they left some of the other produce uncovered because they take less time than tomatoes to re-plant and grow.
Greenwell says his farm is small at just 12 acres, but the loss was significant.
He thinks tomato prices will climb as a result of the freeze.
Last week, tomatoes were selling at about $8 a box. He thinks that figure will climb to $25 by next week, and even $40 to $45 by January.
Some frost built up on the strawberries and blueberries, but thanks to the irrigation system, they were well protected and survived the bitter cold.
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