SASSER, GA (WALB) - South Georgia farmers could lose some of their crops due to a late winter surge of arctic air.
That's why workers at Mark's Melon Patch spent Tuesday picking ripe strawberries and covering the rest of their crops.
Owner Mark Daniel says it's common to have freezing temperatures this time of the year, but it Is uncommon for strawberry plants to already have buds on them.
Daniel hopes covering the strawberries that aren't ripe yet will keep them from dying.
"It creates a micro climate, kind of a little greenhouse effect under there. It will raise the temperature six or seven degrees. Plus, it keeps the frost off them totally because it has a shield there," said Daniel.
Daniel adds that he will keep his strawberry prices the same regardless of what happens during the freeze.
However, wholesale market prices could increase if there is significant damage to the regional or national supply of strawberries.
You won't be able to pick strawberries Thursday but Mark's Melon Patch will be open during normal hours.