Weather Whiplash Hurts Local Farms

By Mike LaCrosse, WBZ-TV

BILLERICA (CBS) – Snow squalls quickly moved through the area Friday night as temperatures dropped into the teens.

“I love the snow, I do, but it’s better than having it all year round, enough to say I’ve had enough then it’s like March,” said Peabody resident Kait O’Donnell.

Winter’s return had some people wishing we still had those 60 degree days from last week.

“What can you say, you know one day it’s nice, one day it’s bad,” Billerica resident Steven English said.

The warm weather can be devastating for local farmers.

Bill Griggs, owner of Griggs Farm in Billerica says winter dormancy is broken. He thinks the apple buds will make it, but is worried about his peaches surviving the weekend freeze.

“These peach buds are swollen we can kiss this crop goodbye,” said Griggs.

The lack of local crops will also impact farmers markets come June.

“It makes it much more difficult because we sell local produce only, its scarce,” said Kay Johnson of the Billerica Farmers Market.

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  1. Why in the world would you try to grow peaches in New England, anyway?? Keep growing the produce that naturally grows in this area and there shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t know why all the panic. We’ve had snow sometimes in April? What planet do you come from?

    1. Sounds like a lot of liberal farmers in Billerica trying to cause BS panic. How stupid do you really think we are CBS??!!

      1. In your case…. quite a bit

        I am no farmer, but have peach trees that have grown fine for decades.
        My blueberry plants look to be wiped out already like they were a few years back. When the buds come out early and then we get a freeze, they die, that is it for that year, nothing.

  2. Marlene – Do you even garden? I have been gardening for 35+ years and the current trend of early warm ups followed by sudden temps in the teens has wrecked havoc on many of my plants and on my gardening schedule. I’ve also had foliage and buds on plants 3 -4 weeks to early, only to have the foliage and buds dead at the end of a weekend like this.

    You shouldn’t speak of what you don’t know what you’re talking about because you just add to the confusion. When the food supply is more seriously affected, there will be no turning back. You can’t “fix” the climate after the fact.

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