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According to Kowalski’s Produce Director Jeremy Lee and Jerry Untiedt, a Minnesota farmer who sells his produce to Kowalski’s, the food we eat is becoming harder to grow, and the grocery store as we know it may soon be forced to adapt. Untiedt is one of the many partners that Kowalski’s works with to deliver high-quality local produce to consumers, and he says the increasing frequency of severe weather events is complicating farmers’ crop reliability; further along the food system, this has worrisome implications for Kowalski’s typically diverse, year-round supply of produce. In response to shifting weather patterns, Untiedt has introduced “high tunnels” – covered plastic greenhouses – on his farm, which not only protect his crops but also extend his growing season. As climate change impacts accumulate, he believes high tunnels will soon become the standard in Minnesota specialty crop production.