Area Farmers Get Ready for Pumpkin Season

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

Several local farmers are expecting to begin pumpkin sales this weekend. Others have already begun selling.

The farmers say they plant the seeds for pumpkins in May, and then they grow them during the summer. This year was kind of a mixed bag. It was hot early in the summer, and then it rained a lot in August.

The farmers believe they are expecting a pretty good season. Some of the pumpkins are growing a little slower. The quality of the pumpkins this year should be pretty strong. Most people get ones that weigh around twenty pounds.

This dry weather of this week has been helping them.

"Pumpkins like dry weather. They don't like wet weather," farmer Gay Hess said. "A lot of the diseases are enhanced, reckon you could say, with the damp humid weather."

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