Wet summer impacting this year’s pumpkin crop

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The unusually wet summer was hard on this year’s pumpkin patch. But despite some setbacks weather-wise, there are still plenty of pumpkins to pick at Randall’s farm in Ludlow.

“We have had a lot of rain and some of the farmers that are local have been having a little bit of an issue,” said Sylvia Czech, a Greenhouse Manager at Randall’s. “And there have been a lot of weeds and they don’t have that holding quality as they normally do. But there’s plenty of pumpkins out there plenty of sizes.”

To pick the best pumpkin, Randall’s experts suggest finding a pumpkin that is still nice and firm. And make sure you don’t carve it too early, one to two days before you wish to display it is best to keep it fresh.

Pumpkins are notably tender vegetables and are very susceptible to cold and freezing temperatures, which can make pumpkins soften or rot before harvest time. So always be sure to bring them inside on a below-freezing night.

This weekend is an especially good time to check out the farm, as it’s their annual Fall Festival.

“We have our annual scarecrow contest with $2,000 in cash prizes. A $200 first prize with a $200 charity match,” said Karen Randall, owner of Randall Farm. “We also have the Melhas Shriners clowns here this weekend, which is a lot of fun…always makes the event very festive.”

This weekend you can also get a glimpse at farm animals, enjoy a corn maze, a hayride, pumpkin picking and decorating, and scarecrow making.

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