Farmers stay busy throughout the winter

    8:37 PM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
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    CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - As we are bundling up and staying inside, some farmers are excited about the cooler weather.

    Holland Bottom Farm in Cabot runs a full-year operation.

    "When strawberry season is over, we have okra, squash, cucumbers, peaches, plums and nectarines," said owner Larry Odom.

    And the winter is no time to rest.

    "It's very important to keep your plant as warm as you can," he said.

    The bustling business officially closed on November 1st but Odom is already prepping for next year. He uses massive plastic tarps to insulate and protect the crops.

    "The autumn time of each year is the time of the year that we plant our new crop of strawberries," he said. "The one thing that they have to do genetically is produce their fire blooms in the spring."

    But to do that the temperature needs to be from 45 to 75.

    "So this time of year is the most critical time of producing a berry crop," Odom said. "All trees have to have a winter of rest. The peach trees are ready to go to sleep."

    While the fruits are getting their beauty sleep, some winter veggies like turnip greens and kale are thriving.

    "They're not bothered at all by the freeze," he said. "Winter time is a time to reflect on where you've come from, what kind of crop you've had, the mistakes you've made or haven't made and to physically and mentally rest."

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