Elizabeth Harrington reports
INDIANTOWN, Fla. - The colder weather means more work for farmers. They have to protect their crops or they could lose money.
Kai-Kai Farm in Indiantown took extra precautions Wednesday night.
"We couldn't take that chance tomorrow," says owner Diane Cordeau, "I don't know what's going to happen."
Kai-Kai Farm put fabric covers on top of young plants along with lettuce and beans.
"The most vulnerable get protection and the ones that are the most economically important," says owner Carl Frost.
They also heavily irrigated the fields. That will trap heat inside the ground to prevent plants from freezing.
"This is our livelihood so we're at the beckon call of mother nature," says field manager Michael Meier.
Meier showed us the damage from last week's cold temperatures on mustard plants. Normally a mustard leaf will be a rich purple color. But the frost turned it brown.
"It basically just fries them," says Meier.
Kai-Kai Farms usually harvests crops the day of delivery. But they picked lettuce one day early so it wouldn't be outside in the cold overnight and possibly be ruined.
Kai-Kai Farm supplies produce to local restaurants. So they have to make sure the crops they grow and deliver are the very best.