More Southwest Florida crops destroyed in Monday night’s freeze
By MARK S. KRZOS
December 28, 2010
Whatever crops were salvaged following a freeze nearly two weeks ago, were done in by last night‚Äôs chilly temperatures, said Frank Oakes, the owner of Oakes Organic Farm and Food & Thought in Collier County.
‚ÄúThe frost this morning was thicker than I‚Äôve seen it,‚ÄĚ Oakes said after surveying his crops near the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary early this morning. ‚ÄúIt looks like the ground is covered in snow.‚ÄĚ
Oakes said while freezing temperatures didn‚Äôt last as long as the most recent freeze two weeks ago, it was colder.
‚ÄúIt got down to 26 degrees last night and it got to 27 during the last one,‚ÄĚ Oakes said. ‚ÄúThis was the worst night as far as temperatures go, but I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôll be the worst for farmers. Most of what we had was already lost.‚ÄĚ
Oakes said temperatures dipped below freezing at around midnight and reached the low of 26 degrees at around 5:30 a.m., Tuesday.