Nearly a dozen greenhouses collapse at Eden farm

Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 20, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-15 17:50:55-05

A popular farm in Eden lost its greenhouses one by one as the snow proved to be relentless.

Zittel’s Farms, known for its fresh, mouth-watering corn, was in the heart of the snow belt battling the storm. The weight of the snow collapsed more than 10 of their greenhouses.

UPDATE | Kevin Zittel provided Hannah Buehler with an update to this story the day after it aired. He says now only 10 percent of their greenhouses remain standing.

Co-owner Kevin Zittel said, “We lost about 1/3 of an acre. Started to fall down and then subsequent greenhouses have been. And then today our range at Webster Road started to go.”

Photos show the extensive damage as the owners worked their hardest to remove the heavy snow.

No one was injured by he fears more greenhouses will fall.

“We've been able to keep the other greenhouse range up with heat but we're at the point now where we're considering cutting the plastic and letting it all in,” he said.

The first greenhouse range contained all of Zittel's vegetable production, which is produced inside during the winter months and then planted in the spring.

The second, the propagation range, contained cuttings that are shipped all over the country.

The damage is estimated at about a half million dollars and Mother Nature isn’t done yet. It’s been snowing for around 48 hours in Eden.

But the Zittels remain optimistic and will work side-by-side to rebuild.