ALVA, FL - Workers at 31 Produce prepared for temps to drop to near freezing Monday. The checked their irrigation system and brought out crop covers just in case they need to keep some of their produce warm overnight.
"We went back checked everything and tested the water to make sure we don't have any leaks and everythings running properly just in case it does dip lower than we think and we're ready to turn them on" says Mike Greenwell, owner of 31 Produce.
Greenwell says of all his crops, strawberries are the easiest to maintain when temperatures drop. He says it doesn't hurt them at all, "we would actually just run water on those and let them freeze."
But Greenwell says when it comes to certain vegetables like eggplant, squashes and peppers, farmers loose the whole crop with any kind of freeze.
For now, Greenwell's workers have placed crop covers along the fields just in case. A process that takes a lot of effort, time, and money. Greenwell says farmers could spend up to three hundred dollars an acre just in labor.
In the meantime, other workers raced to pick crops that are ripe. "Getting as many as the vegetables off the plant as they can so they don't sustain any damage at all."
If you have a garden at home and need to cover your plants, Greenwell says use old sheets or you can buy crop covers at your local hardware store.
He says do not use plastic to cover them it can burn the plants worse if any ice gets on them.