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Fruit looks good despite frost


Fruit farmers say that every year they are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  Mother Nature is keeping everyone on their toes this spring and Sunday night's freeze had fruit farmers nervous.

Last year farmers had very little produce to show for their hard work, but this season they are hoping for a better harvest. So far, farmers say things are looking up.

"This is a far better situation than last year. At this time last year we were just about completely wiped out," says Kenny Stover at Stover's Farm Market in Berrien Springs.

He says he was worried that Sunday night would get too cold for the fruit."We were thinking 28 was probably the break point for some of the fruits and we only got down to 31."

It was just warm enough to keep everything looking green and healthy. "Last year with some of those freezes we had, it was just within a few hours and then they were already turning brown."

But so far this season, everything-from peaches to cherries to apples-he says are looking good.

At Pickin' Patch in Plymouth, owner Sam Erwing says they were concerned about the frost too. "We were really worried about last night and most growers I talked to were, but it looks like we made it through."

Walking through the fields Monday, he was pleased with what he saw. "You can see a little damage on some of the lower blooms."

But Erwing says there's less then a 5% loss on his 35 acre farm. "It's normal on this particular farm to loss some."

Still, he says things are lining up for a good season. "When everyone was grouching about the bad weather and how cold it was all spring, us fruit growers were going "Yay! Alright we love this cold weather!"

If you weren't quite as thrilled as that about the cold spring, Erwing says there will be a pay off soon. "I think this year is looking like a good year for people to get all fired up for lots of blueberries."

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