Early September frost sent Front Range farmers scrambling. Here’s how to help.

Last week, as temperatures plummeted overnight, farmers across the Front Range were preparing for the worst.

Starting out a peak month in Colorado produce — from tomatoes to cucumbers, peppers, green beans and squash — growers had to act fast. The weather forecast predicted 30-degree highs and lows in the 20s just after Labor Day, meaning much of their late summer produce would be lost.

“At that point, that’s a killing frost,” Chris Corrigan, director of DeLaney Community Farm in Aurora, told The Denver Post. “It’s not a light frost, it’s not a hard frost; it puts you in danger of losing pretty much everything.”

At DeLaney and other local farms, crews scrambled to collect all of their tomatoes, peppers and more, a month ahead of schedule.

Anne Cure operates 12 planted acres outside of Boulder at Cure Organic Farm. Before the frost, she halted all of her fall planting and put extra hands to work harvesting whole plants of basil, three tons of tomatoes, all of the peppers, eggplant and winter squash.