Slow spring hurting area farmers

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – It may be the end of March but it continues to feel more like February. 22News is working for you to show how this is affecting area farmers.

The cold weather is causing delays and is also becoming pretty expensive. Most area farm stands are still closed for the season. The cold weather we’ve had this winter and now this spring has kept farmers from being able to get things done in the field.

At Calabrese Farms in Southwick they’re growing things in greenhouses and that has been getting pretty expensive.

Tom Calabrese told 22News, “It’s extremely cold and it’s costing us a fortune to heat the greenhouses and usually this time of year we’d be out in the field just starting to break up the ground planting some early peas but not this year. It’ll be another week to 10 days more.”

Calabrese says he’s about a third over his budget from last year on his heating bill. He says he hopes to be able to open around April 10th or 15th. He plans to have vegetable plants that can take the cold better like lettuce, out then.

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