EASTON - Farmers across southwestern Connecticut say the harsh conditions this winter could delay their spring-planting season and affect the availability of some locally grown foods.

At Sport Hill Farm, owner Patti Popp says her spring season will likely be postponed by two or four weeks because as the snow melts, it soaks the earth and makes planting conditions poor. Popp says the delay could affect the sale of produce, including lettuce and tomatoes. Other farmers say it could take an extra month and a half for the snow to melt and the ground to dry this year.