Plant City, Florida -- After a cold night, workers on Monday move up and down green rows reaching for globes of red. Strawberry farmers say their fields around Plant City made it through the dip in temperatures just fine.
As they have in the past, growers sprayed water throughout the night, so an icy coating could protect the delicate blooms and somewhat hardier berries.
"These blooms right here, these would be the first things killed by the frost," says Fancy Farms owner Carl Grooms, cradling a tiny white flower.
With fields a bit wet, pickers got a later start than normal, but just after noon trucks loaded with berries began pulling into the Wish Farms cooler and the twirling dance of forklifts began.
From here, Plant City strawberries are shipped up the East Coast and to the Midwest.
Wish Farms head, Gary Wishnatzki, agrees that berries picked today look just fine.
"It's solid, there's no cracking on it," he says after picking out a berry from a clear, plastic container.
And Wishnatzki says the heavy rains on Valentine's Day were actually much more damaging than last night's freeze.
"The rains tend to soften and weaken the berries, make them crack-make them unmarketable," he says. "Where we can normally protect pretty well with these freeze events."
Local citrus growers also report no serious crop damage and tropical fish farms also fared well through the freeze.
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