Frost and Foliage in Vermont

Frost and Foliage in Vermont

Cold nights are setting in and that marks the changing of the leaves and the crops.

It's not hard to find a place to leaf peep in Vermont.

 

“Three quarters of the state covered with trees,” Commissioner of Vermont Forest Parks and Recreation Michael Snyder said.

 

Snyder gave us the perfect recipe for leaves to shed their green.

 

“The onset of some cold night followed by sunny days and that's what's really kicked in here and that's when we'll see the next phase of that vibrant color,” Snyder said.

 

Despite some nights in the low thirties the green mountain state is still mostly green.

 

The earliest color would be seen in northern latitudes in the northern part of the state and at higher elevations.

 

Montpelier, VT - So from Stowe we drove up “The Notch Road” where the yellows are starting to set in as well as the reds in those hard to reach places.

 

The end of September, early October somewhere in the state…it's peak.

 

This time doesn't just mark the start of leaf peeping because when they begin to change usually marks the start of when farmers start picking their more colorful vegetables.

 

Joey Klein owns Littlewood Farm in Plainfield. Soon he plans on picking his red and orange peppers to save them from the cold despite a protective cover that keeps them warm.

 

“At a certain point you cut your losses and just say enough already and pick everything,” Klein said.

 

As it’s time to pick and the sun sets on the growing season and summer...a new period of vegetation is around the corner.

 

“I and many others see this as an exciting time. Just the opposite it's kind of a new spring,” Snyder said.

Of course that fall foliage springs a busy tourism season. Vermont's tourism department estimates more than $450 million are spent by visitors from September through November.

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