CHARLOTTE -- Temperatures have rebounded from the recent bitter cold, but for growers, some damage was already done.
Just like any other Saturday, the vendors at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market prep their stands with their just-picked goods and wares. But this week, some growers are shaking their fist at Mother Nature.
"We lost chard, little bit of mustard, cut mustard mix, arugula, radishes and turnips,” said Erica Fernbach, an assistant grower at Bluebird Farm in Burke County.
Several farms were regrouping from the cold that recently gripped the Charlotte-area, and didn't seem to want to let go. Fernbach said they weren't able to water their crops; their irrigation system froze, causing drought-like conditions at Bluebird.
Fernbach added, "We'll lose whatever profit we would have got off of what we had."
And it's not just produce. While Jeff Knight's bees are pretty hearty and can withstand a chill...
"I was definitely very concerned that extended, for over a week, such extremes would be detrimental," said Knight.
A bit of a detriment, indeed. Knight explained he lost a few of his beehives at Dancing Bees Farm.
"I can hopefully make a few splits and create new hives but sometimes they don't produce honey the first year," Knight said. "Will probably have a negative impact on me for me as far as honey production goes."
But those we spoke to say dealing with the elements is just another day on the farm - and there's always a way to dig up the old and plant the new.
"Fortunately we have successive planting. We'll have a little more when it recouperates in a few weeks," Fernbach said.
Knight added, "I've already ordered about 15 new colonies. That'll help."
A bit of dedication to bring farm to table freshness, no matter what the forecast predicts.