|Published:||Jan 08, 2014 8:09 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 08, 2014 8:09 AM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The cold temperatures caused minimal damage to crops across Southwest Florida.
Now, the owners of Buckingham Farms are taking some preventative measures by sealing up the tomato houses with visqueen to make sure they protect the fruit at all costs.
"What we don't want to do is have wind come through there and sheer off anything that is ready to be picked or will be ready to be picked in the next couple weeks" says TJ Cannamela, one of the owners of Buckingham Farms.
Cannamela says the visqueen stops wind from blowing through the houses and damaging the crop. "You're preventing something from happening and actually doing more damage" says Cannamela about keeping the damage as minimal as possible.
There are 4 stages of tomatoes growing at Buckingham Farms. Cannamela says some were just planted and others are fruiting. He says those that are fruiting will be ready and picked in the next couple weeks.
Even though near freezing temperatures raise the concern of frost, Cannamela says wind can be just as damaging if not worse. " We did more damage yesterday to our lettuce and everything by covering it up because what we did is we had wind but we were putting frost cloth over and that wind was taking the frost cloth and actually beating some of the leaves of lettuce."
Cannamela says there is a positive side to the cold weather, it makes fruits like strawberries and leafy greens like kayle even sweeter.
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