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Asparagus farm takes hit from recent cold weather

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash--  For asparagus workers at Middletons Six Sons Farms, recent cold weather has been devastating for their crop.  They only pick about 30 buckets worth of vegetables out of 180 acres.

"We usually expect approximately 1,000 boxes a day," Laura Middleton explains.

This time of year is when the crop is about at its peak.

"This last Monday really set us back," Middleton adds.  "We got blasted with 50 mile per hour winds and we still haven't recovered.  And it's Thursday."

Middleton runs a stand on the farm.  Whatever asparagus isn't shipped off stays here to be sold.  But this week, it's been locked up.  And workers say its cost them thousands of dollars. 

They still search the fields for anything worth saving but they're just not finding much.

"Wind ruined it all.  It made it all curled and damaged it all.  It's just bad," says Frank Guillen, who works on the farm.

Workers warn they might not be the only ones feeling the effects.

"They're going to have a hard time finding it in the stores I would assume," says Keith Middleton, farm manager.  "Because there's a shortage, the people that do have it, the price is going to be higher."

With a month left this asparagus season, these farm workers are banking on nicer weather.