Winter Ruins Collard Green Crop in Parts of Va.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Call it the great collard shortage of `14.

From Pungo to western Tidewater, fields that should be green with tall, leafy collards are instead striped with limp, yellow rows -- the plants splayed out on cold, wet ground.

Blame a brutal winter that brought record-low temperatures, multiple measurable snowfalls, willful winds and plenty of rain.

Collards are a hearty, cold-weather crop and as much a tradition on Tidewater tables as striper and country ham. Since colonial times, home cooks have simmered pots full of the greens for hours with pieces of fatty pork called streak-of-lean. Local chefs turn collards into salsa and stir-fry dishes.

The winter season started normally, with local farmers meting out their plantings so the harvest would stretch into spring. The polar vortex nixed those plans. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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