Planters and gardeners in Washington are preparing for the first fall freeze. The National Weather service reports since 1971, Washington hasn’t had a fall freeze before September 19th or after November 5th. The earliest hard freeze on record, a mark of the end of the growing season when the temperature reaches 28 degrees for multiple hours, occurred on September 22nd. Bob Shepherd of the Washington Farmer’s Market says the Thursday evening event will meet one last time after the first “hard freeze”, but hopes to continue the market well into October. For ways to prepare your garden for the fall freeze, contact the Washington County Master Gardeners at 653-4811.