More Southwest Florida crops destroyed in Monday night’s freeze

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By Paul Martin

December 28, 2010

Whatever crops were salvaged following a freeze nearly two weeks ago, were done in by last night’s chilly temperatures, said Frank Oakes, the owner of Oakes Organic Farm and Food & Thought in Collier County.

“The frost this morning was thicker than I’ve seen it,” Oakes said after surveying his crops near the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary early this morning. “It looks like the ground is covered in snow.”

Oakes said while freezing temperatures didn’t last as long as the most recent freeze two weeks ago, it was colder.

“It got down to 26 degrees last night and it got to 27 during the last one,” Oakes said. “This was the worst night as far as temperatures go, but I don’t think it’ll be the worst for farmers. Most of what we had was already lost.”

Oakes said temperatures dipped below freezing at around midnight and reached the low of 26 degrees at around 5:30 a.m., Tuesday.

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