Some restraurants that rely on locally grown fruits & vegetables survey and adjust due to damage

Many of the ficus trees are brown, the exotic plants drooping like a wet noodle and grape leaves brittle, but those who work along this farm call their loss to freezing temperatures: not too bad.

"Sure, the ficus really took a beating, but we're ok, we're good, just look at the greens in the field," said Garett Kohlhoff who works at The Farm at South Mountain .

The Farm at South Mountain is a well known Valley spot with a couple of restaurants that base their menu off of what is produced from it's farm.

The farm is just feet from the eateries.

"There's some damage to the trees, but they'll be back, they'll grow back and we'll certainly be ready for our busy season in March and April," said Nicole DeHerrera while standing inside one of the restaurants.  "The beautiful vibrant flowers will be back, we know that and want people to know that.

As for the farm itself, Kohlhoff walked ABC15 past the rows of lettuce and other greens, some of which were covered.

"You can see here some portions are still covered and they look great," said Kohlhoff while walking through the farm.  "Even those that were covered looked great and that's all because those in charge had some great planning."

Some items were damaged, such as the grape leaves and others. 

"If there's anything that we can't get inside the kitchen, we make changes to the menu to reflect what we have access to," said DeHerrera referring to the organic fruits and vegetables used in the menu at the restaurants.

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