Local growers keep an eye on frost warnings

Local growers keep an eye on frost warnings

With more than one frost warning posted in the last two weeks, June is off to a chilly start — and growers across Washington are on alert.

Todd Beck with Beck’s Harvest House in Green Bluff said just because the frost is cropping up in June following the month of bloom, growers aren’t in the clear just yet.

“June is such a fun month around here for all of us,” Beck said. “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Beck has been with Beck’s Harvest House for 18 years and is constantly checking the forecast.

“Weather means so much to the business and the farm and it’s amazing how this time of year, how quick it can change,” Beck said.

To his relief, Beck told KXLY4 his farm made it through May without any frost concerns.

“We didn’t have any frost during bloom,” Beck said. “That’s when you can really lose a lot of fruit and kill the fruit off the trees if you get frost during bloom.”

He said the June frost won’t hurt the fruit that’s set on trees right now, but it could make for a slower ripening process.

“It takes sunshine and heat to ripen the fruit, so when you have colder days, they don’t ripen quite as quickly as when you have really sunny, warm days,” Beck said.

If the cold continues to tighten its grip on Green Bluff, Beck said it could also translate to less people visiting the farm.

“With Green Bluff, it thrives from the support of the Spokane area and our great customers out there and when it’s cold and windy and icky days, people don’t want to come out and enjoy a day on the farm,” Beck said. “So that affects us a little bit out here.”

Beck said all of those aspects could be balanced out with just a few warm, sunny mornings. All he can do is wait and see.

This summer, Beck recommends calling Beck’s Harvest House ahead of time to make sure the fruit you’re looking for is available.