Supporting Northeast Specialty Crop Growers Through Unexpected Freeze

Apple Buds that are Frozen

Written by Jamie Sonneville

Founder & CEO of Agri-Trak. Cornell '04 & '06. Tech geek. Fifth generation apple grower. "Agri-Trak was built for farmers, by farmers."

April 29, 2024

Alright, folks, let’s cut to the chase. We were all gearing up for an early spring after a mild winter in the Northeast, but guess what? Mother Nature had other plans. Out of nowhere, a massive freeze hit the region last Thursday and Friday, throwing a wrench in the works for our specialty crop growers.

Imagine you’re a farmer, working your tail off to get those fruits and veggies ready for market. You’re thinking, “This is gonna be a great season!” Then, wham! Frost comes out of left field and wipes out all your hard work in one fell swoop. It’s a gut punch, plain and simple.

But here’s the deal – these growers aren’t just facing a setback; they’re facing a potential loss of livelihood.  In fact some farms have reported that they’ve lost upwards of 90% of their crops. They’ve invested time, money, and sweat into their crops, only to have them frozen solid overnight. It’s a tough pill to swallow, and they need our support now more than ever.

So, what can we do? It’s simple, really. Let’s rally around our local farmers. Buy their produce, spread the word about their struggles, and offer a helping hand wherever we can. Because when the chips are down, it’s our communities that help us get back on our feet.

Sure, this freeze caught us all off guard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t come together and show some solidarity. Let’s show these specialty crop growers that they’re not alone, and together, we’ll weather this storm and come out stronger on the other side.

– Jamie Sonneville, CEO of Agri-Trak

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