Local farmers ready for spring

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This year’s winter weather hit the Alabama produce crops, hard. Now farmers are looking forward to the spring season.

Jimmy Witt brings his flowers and produce to the farmers market on Finley Boulevard every year. The weather this winter has presented a bit of a challenge, though. All the plants had to stay nice and warm in a greenhouse to survive, battling the freezing temperatures outside.

“It’s been probably the coldest winter we’ve had in close to 20 years as far as low temperatures,” says Witt, “for people in the greenhouse business, propane, natural gas prices have really influenced what our costs are.”

And then there are the crops in the field. The ice and snow took their toll. Witt says this kind of weather is typical for spring, but that some breaks in the rain would be nice, “you can’t get a tractor in the field when it’s like this, you know, and so hopefully we can get 5-7 days after the rain moves through this weekend of some dry weather to work the ground and put in some of our crops.”

Witt added that if the weather from the last few days, sunny and in the 70’s, continues, he could start picking strawberries in the next two weeks. You’ll be able to find them at the Farmer’s Market down on Finley.

The Alabama Farmer’s Market on Finley Boulevard is open seven days a week from 5 am to 8 pm.

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