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      Farmers face lasting effects of winter

      ARCHBOLD -- Local farmers are dealing with the aftermath from one of the harshest winters on record in northwest Ohio.The Kinsman family farm in Archbold wonâ??t have any cherries this year, for the first time Doug and Valerie Kinsman can remember. Frigid temperatures froze the cherry buds.

      Doug Kinsman planted his corn last week. Heâ??s looking forward to seeing his crop grow after a long, harsh winter.

      â??I thought it went on and on,â?? Kinsman said. â??You kept wondering, whenâ??s it going to happen? And when it does break, it usually breaks quickly. Then you have to get stuff ready to go and then start planting.â??

      But the Kinsmans were planting throughout the record-breaking winter. Valerie Kinsman plants vegetables year round in a high tunnel greenhouse. She says she has to, because 100 customers are expecting Kinsman Farm food baskets at the end of May.

      â??You have to have things growing to put in the baskets,â?? Valerie said. â??We always like to have at least 7 to 10 items. Normally thereâ??s closer to 10 to 12. So this year itâ??s been a challenge because we couldnâ??t get in the fields.â??

      The high tunnel will keep the Kinsmanâ??s early vegetable selection on track, but their fruit trees wonâ??t bounce back this year.

      â??We just have to always be optimistic,â?? Valerie said. â??People say farmers are a little crazy anyways, but weâ??re optimistic. We always think every season is going to be a good season.â??

      The Kinsmans finished planting their corn last week. This week, they say theyâ??ll move onto soybeans.