Too Chilly for Cherries

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP  -- As the weather gets warmer, we will start thinking about picking up fresh produce from farm markets.

But how have fruits fared during this mild winter and last week's cold snap?

At Rohrbach's Farm Market near Catawissa many different types of fruits and vegetables are sold and grown, but Mother Nature plays a big role in deciding what produce will thrive and what won't.

"We see the change in temperatures all the time, and then we kind of wait and see what happens over the next few weeks to determine what's going to be here and what's not," explained Denise Bosworth.

Owner Ron Rohrbach says the mild winter made the fruit grow quicker than it should have, so during last week's cold snap, staff members were concerned.

"Thankfully, not everything was real far along yet as far as open, so they kind of protect themselves," said Rohrbach.

The farm did get damage. Rohrbach thinks they lost all of their cherries.

"I think I've found one or two good ones out of 50 or 60 that aren't bad so far, and as I keep looking, I just keep finding most of them that are not going to make a fruit."

Some peaches were lost too, but Rohrbach doesn't believe the loss was too bad.  The strawberries are safe, though, protected under straw.

One crop that wasn't affected as severely by the cold snap was the apple trees because they haven't blossomed yet.

"They're usually always about a week to 10 days later coming into blossom, so those blossoms were fairly tight closed yet," said Rohrbach.

Employees hope there aren't any more cold snaps this season but realize Mother Nature is unpredictable at times.