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Farmers Running Behind Due to Long Winter

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It may be April, but there is still some ice on the ground at Emily's Produce just south of Cambridge.  Kelly Jackson and her husband have been working hard to keep their crops on track, despite the weather trying it's best to put them behind schedule.

"They just need a lot of sunlight, they need some warm temperatures.  Being covered too much in the winter, they are not able to be pollinated and so all of those things you have to take into consideration." said Jackson.

There crops had to go under cover again on Tuesday night as another cold front rolled across the peninsula.  The high winds, low temps, and sleet made it a long night for the Jacksons.

"Of course a sleepless night last night making sure the covers didn't come off, making sure that everything was protected from the cold, snow, and sleet." Jackson said.

The low temperatures lasting well into the beginning of spring have them and farmers across the peninsula running weeks behind schedule.  One of the buyers of Jackson's crops is Patrick Fanning, who owns a number of restaurants in Cambridge.  One of those stores is a juice bar, Squoze, which he wants to supply entirely with local produce during the summer.  Despite being told several crops will be delayed, Fanning says buying local is the best option.

"Puts a little damper in our spring menu planning but we have to adjust.  Obviously you want to buy local and support local and get the freshest product available every single time." said Fanning.

It's a benefit he and many other Cambridge restaurants are more than willing to wait for.

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