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 nightâ€™s chilly temperatures, said Frank Oakes, the owner of Oakes Organic Farm and Food & Thought in Collier County.
â€śThe frost this morning was thicker than Iâ€™ve seen it,â€ť Oakes said after surveying his crops near the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary early this morning. â€śIt looks like the ground is covered in snow.â€ť
Oakes said while freezing temperatures didnâ€™t last as long as the most recent freeze two weeks ago, it was colder.
â€śIt got down to 26 degrees last night and it got to 27 during the last one,â€ť Oakes said. â€śThis was the worst night as far as temperatures go, but I donâ€™t think itâ€™ll be the worst for farmers. Most of what we had was already lost.â€ť
Oakes said temperatures dipped below freezing at around midnight and reached the low of 26 degrees at around 5:30 a.m., Tuesday.