Michigan sweet corn, tomato crop delayed because of cold
Those with a hankering for Michigan sweet corn or tomatoes may have to wait an extra week because of a cooler-than-normal July -- one that meteorologists say could go down as one of the chilliest ever.
"Things just aren't ripening as fast as they should be and that's because it's not hot enough during the day," said Joe Fogler, 30, who works at his family's farm in Rochester Hills.
The average daily high for July is 84 and the average low is 64, said Karen Clark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
It's harvest time at Lyman Orchards and the star attractions at the 9th Annual Berry Fest are ripe and ready to eat.
But it wasn't easy getting here. Rain and unseasonably cold temps this Spring into Summer proved a big challenge to farmers resulting in smaller crops.
As local growers begin to open their farm stands this month, at least one crop will be in short supply.
A period of severe cold in January was devastating to Northeast Ohio's peaches. Along the lakeshore in Lorain and Erie counties, fruit farmers estimate that they'll only pick 25 to 50 percent of their crop. Less hardy than apples, pears and even plums, peach trees are vulnerable to below-zero temperatures. And even though the growing season has been ideal so far for other local fruits and vegetables, peaches didn't have a fighting chance after the prolonged cold snap.