Our recent run with the cool temperatures has certainly felt nice, there's no doubt about it. The problem is, for those heat loving fruits and vegetables, it's just not good enough.
When most of us think of weather impacting crops our first thought might be extreme cold. Which isn't what most of us would classify this recent cool spell.
“Actually the cool weather is putting everything into a refrigerator. Is what's it's doing. Things like tomatoes and sweet corn are there and sitting on the vine but they're not ripening nearly as fast as they should be,” Stephen Fister of Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse said.
The cool nights can be thought of as a “refrigerator” at night. That’s a perfect description since temps have been dipping into the low 50s and even the upper 40s. Definitely not a deep freeze, this still plays a major role in the ripening of many heat loving crops like your tomatoes or squash.
“By this point they should be flooding the market & they are not doing that. Are they ripening? Yes! But they are not flooding the market like they should,” Fister said.
On the other side of this, the Mums have already started dropping buds.
“Buds on the Mums are set with cold weather so the cooler nights have caused them to already set buds. Which they should not do for another two weeks,” Fister said.
So the cool temps have really impacted our surplus and when the surplus isn't there, naturally, the cost goes up and that's what a lot of folks are feeling when they go to the store or out to a market. Especially, to buy some of the locally grown products.