Farming Through the Extreme Winter

By Morgan Moore

Published 03/01 2014 04:16PM

Updated 03/01 2014 06:59PM

The Downtown Farmers Market in Terre Haute may have moved inside during the winter months, but that doesn't mean these farmers still aren't out braving the elements.

It's been one storm after another this winter, leaving local livestock out in the cold.

"It's definitely make the process more difficult. The logistics of dealing with the snow, simply getting around in it, it's definitely difficult and much more time-consuming," said Diane Overpeck of Royer Farms.

Caring for animals when there's snow and ice on the ground can be tough, but experts say it's part its all part of the job.

"It has been difficult, mentally stressful as well as physically, but I'm happy to report that everyone and everything is doing well, just with a little bit more difficulty than usual," said Overpeck.

And for area growers, these cold temps can hurt them in the future as well.
Waiting on the ground to thaw can really set them back.

"This year it's just a matter of when is it going to actually start warming up because the ground has to warm-up before we can start setting seeds out there," said local grower Jason Cotes.

In year's past, some produce would be able to hit the ground in just a few weeks, but with storms still looming, the planting season could fall behind.

"The cold crops like cabbage and brussels sprouts and stuff like that we may be put out even mid-March," said Cotes. "We'll see what happens, but it might just be a later start this year."

But in the end, when it comes to the weather, local farmers say there's not point in stressing -- because no season is ever the same.

"Just like with mother nature in general you can't do anything, your hands are tied so we just have to see how it shapes out," said Cotes

And vendors at the market say the despite all of the snow, turn-out has been still be great during the winter months.

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