Farmers prepare for possible freeze

While tonight's freeze likely won't impact us shoppers at the grocery store, but what happens when it's so cold for so long that local crops are damaged?

FORT MILL, S.C. -- While Friday night's freeze likely won't impact shoppers at the grocery store, what happens when it's so cold for so long that local crops are damaged? 

"We've got a lot of blooms out here this year," said Ron Edwards.

Edwards runs Springs Farm in Fort Mill and was looking on Friday as his workers pruned his peach trees. 

"Actually, we're on schedule, but Mother Nature is kind of ahead of schedule, so to speak," Edwards said. 

They cut the lower branches, leaving the remaining blooms high off the ground. Edwards says that's because heat rises, so it keeps these future peaches a little less cold when cold weather hits.

"We're very optimistic tonight that we're going to have a good night and we don't think we're going to lose anything," Edwards said. 

Their strawberries need a lot more maintenance. All 18 acres are covered up to insulate warm air around them.

Edwards says for your gardens at home, you can use a bed sheet in a similar way. As for the impact of a bad freeze on all of us shoppers, Edwards said your peaches would still be readily available. They just may not be from right down the road. 

"We cooperate with other farmers in the lower part of the state that didn't have any damage and they know our situation," Edwards said. "And we've done that in the past and we work together."

And he says the weather needs to do some serious damage for there to be any drastic changes to their cost.

"I don't see really any price change unless it was several hundreds and hundreds of acres of devastation," Edwards said. 

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