Pasco microgreens farmer preps for bitter blast of cold air

11:39 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Lutz, Florida - They are small plants with big yields, but they are also very susceptible to drastic drop in temperatures.

"I've got a $3,000 crop in here that I'm going to try to keep alive tonight," said farmer Jeff Speicher, owner of Glory Road Garden in Lutz. "They're very nutritious. They have a little bit of protein that the seed had to grow the plant."

Speicher has seven greenhouses that grow microgreens on his property on U.S. 41. After encasing the greenhouses in plastic, he dug fire pits inside and placed a heater to keep the temperature inside from dropping below 45 degrees.

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It will be a long Monday night for Speicher, who will stay up monitoring the microgreens, which he sells to restaurants in South Tampa and Pinellas County.

The next couple of nights will be a delicate balance for Speicher's fledgling farm business as the profits are used to take care of his wife and three children, which include an eight-month-old.

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