Late start to spring delays farmers

Late start to spring delays farmers

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Terry Brooks of Wild Things Farm said these potted plants would normally be in the ground by now. Terry Brooks of Wild Things Farm said these potted plants would normally be in the ground by now.
Snowy fields are too cold for planting, which has farmers worried. Snowy fields are too cold for planting, which has farmers worried.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CRAB ORCHARD (WATE) – The snow that fell in the area Monday had farmers slightly concerned.

The late start to spring has farmers in many parts of the country and here in Tennessee reporting delays.

They haven't been able to plant their crops as early as they usually do.

"I've got a huge mix of salad tomatoes, every color you can imagine, spinach, basil, kale," said farmer Terry Brooks of Wild Things Farm, showing us all the plants sitting in pots inside her greenhouse.

Usually the ground would be plowed and those crops would be in the ground by now.

"It's making it difficult to get an early start on anything," she said.

For Brooks, it's a race to be the first one with a full spread at the Cumberland County Farmer's Market.

But despite the weather, she has hope, saying it's still early in the season.

"You can't be bummed out and be a farmer. I'm still hoping to be a few weeks early because everyone in Cumberland County has the same weather I do," Brooks said.

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