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Temperatures impacting your grocery bill

PEORIA, AZ (CBS5) -

A Valley farmer said that the extended cold temperatures are hurting crops and will start to impact your grocery bill.

McClendon's Select Organic Farm in Peoria showed CBS 5 News around the 25-acre farm on Sunday.

They provide food for 52 Valley restaurants and several farmer's markets. Sunday makes three nights in a row of extremely low temperatures.  Bob McClendon, the owner of the farm, has been running the farm for 37 years and knows the drill and has covered the most vulnerable plants.  

"We probably spent $2,000 in frost clothes in the last three days just for the vegetables," said McClendon. "Each one of these sheets has to be stretched out and then it has to be hand-stapled."

He can usually protect the citrus trees by flooding the grove with warm water from the SPR canals, but they are dry right now for scheduled maintenance.

McClendon said the fruits on the inside of the tree are the most protected but the low hanging fruits on the outside are at the most risk.

He also said that this cold snap not only hit Arizona farms but hit some crops in California too and will hurt everyone's grocery bill.

"You will see effects at the grocery store in the next week to 10 days and it will probably last up to four to six weeks," he said.

McClendon told us he monitors the temperature of his farm from several different locations to try and protect the crops as best as possible, but he said right now the best thing is for the temperatures to warm up.

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