Above average summer rain impacted local pumpkin crops

Hampshire County

Small One’s Farm, a family-owned 63-acre farm in South Amherst, had only a quarter of its pumpkin crop sprout this year.

Small One’s Farm is in its fifteenth growing season.

But July and August brought too much rain affecting this year’s pumpkin crop.

“Pumpkins are annuals planted to grow with a reasonable amount of moisture. It was too wet this year, so our crop is down,” said Bob Fitz, co-owner of Small One’s Farm.

The farm stand is usually opened through Thanksgiving, but Fitz told 22News, they’re expecting to close November 1.

Small One’s Farm didn’t have a Pick Your Own Pumpkin event this year because they didn’t have enough pumpkins.

Fitz said they only had as many as 250 pumpkins than the usual 1,000.

“It was wet excessively wet this year and so crops that were dependent upon on rain got too much,” added Fitz.

Earlier this year erratic weather also destroyed Small One’s apple crop, which is why they had to call off apple picking this year.

But Fitz told 22News, they will still have a Thanksgiving pie sale, offering apple, blueberry, raspberry and of course pumpkin.

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