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Late Season Chill May Affect Local Farmers

  They say if you don't like the weather in Michigan, wait five minutes.

   "I was getting a farmer's tan last week, this week I got my [winter] coat back on," said Andy Todosciuk, owner of Andy T's Farmer's Market.

Todosciuk says in light of the coming chill, he's making adjustments to ensure he doesn't lose thousands of dollars worth of flowers and vegetable plants.

"Here at our nursery we'll be pulling stuff in and we'll be covering stuff with what we call frost cloth," said Todosciuk.

That means he has to make room for some of his outdoor plants, inside his store.

"If I see anything wilt, it's going inside," Todosciuk said.

It's not just retailers adjusting to the sudden change in temperature.

Dee Denniston, who buys flowers for her garden every year on mother's day, will have to wait to plant.     

"The hanging baskets I'll take down and put in the garage and the other ones I'll cover up," said Denniston.

For both retailers, and home gardeners, Todosciuk says the magic number to watch for tonight –twenty eight degrees.

"So if it gets below twenty eight then we're going to start losing some fruit. That's a big business for us in summertime," Todosciuk said.

Andy T's doesn't have as many trees as the local fruit farmers, but Todosciuk sells their produce,  and says, a good fruit season on their end translates into a good vegetable season on his.

"These guys don't need to go through what they went through last year. Fruit helps sell vegetables, they go hand in hand," Todosciuk said.

For all the farmers in the area, Todosciuk says he hopes the below freezing temps only last through the night.



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