Texan farmers took a direct hit from the Winter storm Uri, when some areas of Texas reached between 10 and 0 degrees Fahrenheit. In the beginning of February, the average temperature in Texas was hovering near 72 degrees whereas by 14th February, it had dipped to single digits. How did this happen? Read more about what really happened and what can be done to prevent such disasters, again.
What Does This Mean For the Farmers?
With fields frozen and greenhouses out of power, many farmers are reporting complete crop losses. Texas Citrus Mutual alone estimates an upwards of $300 million in crop loss and damage.
Dairy farmers had to dump thousands of gallons of unpasteurized milk for days as processing plants were left without power.
While it’s going to take longer to completely assess farms, repair what’s been broken, and plant new food for us in the coming 6-8 weeks, what can we do, as a community, to support our Texan farmers?
For starters, go down to your local farmers market. Get what you can. There may not be a whole lot, but there are eggs, poultry, baked goods, honey, veggies and fruit. Shopping locally can help the local economy grow and prosper. Here is a list of reasons why you should shop and eat locally.
To make it easy for the buyers, this is a list of all the Farmers Markets that are going to be open on 27th and 28th of February.
Support Your Local Farmer
As we are heading towards an exceedingly trying time, Texan farmers are asking us to support local products in their efforts to bounce back. Here is a list of relief resources and funding campaigns exclusively for farmers that you can support.