Local families enjoying early start to pumpkin picking season

Hampden County

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Pumpkin season has come early this year here in western Massachusetts in preparation for Halloween and a lot of good eating.

There was no shortage of people purchasing their pumpkins at Kosinski Farms on Russellville Road in Westfield over the weekend. They had heard they wouldn’t have to wait to get the pick of the crop this first weekend in October.

According to Owner James Kosinski, they heard right.

“This year it started early. I think people were really excited to decorate this fall,” Kosinski told 22News.

Kosinski was only too happy to share what he’s learned about the ever-popular pumpkins that are so popular this time of year. And there’s a lot to learn.

“Pumpkins generally take 100 days to mature from seed to finish and so you’re getting ready to harvest around the first of September or Labor Day,” Kosinski continued.

Families planning to decorate their property with a jack-o-lantern are out looking for the really large pumpkins.

How large? According to the owner of Kosinski Farms, you can buy some really big ones, say between 40 and 50 pounds each, all part of the charm of pumpkin season.

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