LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – Work crews at the Knob Creek Farm along highway 18 in Lincoln County were busy Monday picking what strawberries they could, then covering the fields with sheets in anticipation of near freezing temperatures overnight. The strawberries are "in prime picking time' according to farmer Jeff Crotts and he is hoping by covering the crop he can get a few more weeks of harvest.
While the strawberries can be protected, there is no way to cover the apples trees, the peach orchards or the rows and rows of blackberries that are now in full bloom. "That's what farming is all about, taking a chance," said Crotts.
Up the road from his farm Harvey Webb was cutting grass between the rows of his peach trees. The peaches are bigger than he has ever seen at this point in the season, said Webb. "The warm spring has them at least two to three weeks ahead of schedule," he said. Webb is not sure what a heavy frost would do to the peaches "Because I've never had them this big when a frost or freeze came." Webb said there is no way to predict what will happen. It will depend on how cold temperatures get and for how long. If there is cloud cover and a breeze there might not be any frost at all, he said. "We'll know something by the afternoon on Tuesday."