The temperatures are dropping! We have had several extremely cold weather days here in Florida. The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association shared a post that we feel explains the current situation. “The extraordinary measures Florida farmers took over the weekend to protect Florida crops remind us how important it is to support them and buy local. A variety of measures were used to help protect Florida’s fruits and vegetables, from overhead irrigation that creates an igloo to keep berries warm to flying helicopters to keep the air moving and push warmer air down over the vegetables in South Florida.
The extent of any damage will not be known for a few more days, but here is what you should know. Farming is challenging and a weather event such as what Florida saw over the weekend makes it all the more so. Many of our farmers did not sleep at all this weekend as they prepared the crops for the hard freeze and used technology to watch the temperature drop in real-time so they could react quickly. They did this all to ensure Florida-grown fruits and vegetables continue to reach consumers’ tables. This is your friendly reminder to thank a farmer and look for @freshfromflorida labels at your local grocery store. Now more than ever, Florida farmers need your support.”
Thank you to the FFVA for your support and for shedding light on the process we go through to protect our Nation’s food supply!
Photo Credit: Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association