What does this week's cold snap mean for summer crops?

What does this week's cold snap mean for summer crops? »Play Video
BOISE- When hitting your local supermarket there are signs that food prices along with many other things have been on the rise; and in the midst of experiencing a cold snap, we may see another product added on this list: summer fruit.

The Gem state is known for growing peaches, plums, apples and cherries. All of these are the fruits of warmer weather, and while some can't wait to get their hands on their favorite natural treats, Mother Nature is leaving a sour taste with others.

"If you don't have something like cherries, your volume goes way down," said Reggie States, owner of Reggie's Veggies fruit and vegetable stand in Boise. "And it's hard to replace because cherries are the fruit of the summer."

States says he is worried the overnight freezing temperatures will devastate some nearby fruit crops, especially since he relies heavily on local growers.

"There are a lot of local nervous growers, not just in Idaho. I had a grower visit from Washington, so it's all of the Northwest," States said.

Farmers are doing what they can to save their crops even resorting to anti-freeze tactics within the orchards, but not all farmers have the resources and manpower to take the extra steps to protect their summer fruits. One local farmer from Emmett says the freezing temperatures started Wednesday, and since then, he already has seen damage in half of his cherry trees.

"To have a true frost protection you have to water the whole orchard at once to get it iced up, and we are not set up to do that," said David Shaw, owner of Shaw Orchards.

Shaw says the cold snap may be brief, but it can have a longer lasting effect on his crops like cherries and plums.

"Open buds up (when checking the crops after a freeze) and see if the fruit is still green," Shaw said. "If it's black it's dead. I took samples, if ten out of ten are bad, that's not a good sign."

Shaw says if you don't have product, of course you can't sell it. Fortunately, Shaw has other summer crops that weren't damaged during this week's cold spell. Shaw says he's still crossing his fingers for one thing during this Spring season.

"Hope it warms up," Shaw said.

Good news for Shaw, the CBS 2 Stormtracker team is forecasting warmer overnight lows. Instead of being the 20s in Emmett and Caldwell, temperatures will reach the 40s. Shaw says above freezing readings is the type of change his fellow farmers and sellers want to see.