Cold snap good for local farmers

Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 17:17:29-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Kale, Brussels sprouts and twenty different varieties of lettuce grow in the fields of Kai Kai Farm.

"This is our specialty here it's a mini broccoli, tiny little broccoli," Kai Kai Farm owner Diane Cordeau explained. "Of course I have to find you one that we haven't cut."

Cordeau keeps up with forty acres of locally-grown produce and says the drop in temperatures improves her crop.

"I was hoping for the cold weather," Cordeau confessed. "They're happy now they all perked up giving me all their lovely colors."

The cold is not only bringing out vibrant colors, it's also bringing out vibrant flavors.

According to Cordeau, "with this cold weather they'll be able to say, 'oh my God this has a lot more flavor than normal.'  Especially on the strawberries. When it gets colder for example I'll say definitely will get much sweeter the colder it gets and it's the same thing for lettuce."

The excitement at Kai Kai Farm is good news for locals like Jeremy Olsher who shops for fruits and veggies at local farmers markets.

"All these are local vegetables from Delray Beach farmers market from all over Florida," Olsher explained. "Some are very local. I try to get all the local fruits vegetables a couple other things, coconut water is good too."

Olsher explained he normally goes home with two or three bags of produce, but after hearing the drop in temperatures should boost flavor he's thinking about buying more.

"I may have to just because of the cold weather."