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      Pumpkin patches growing strong for fall

      P umpkin patches are beginning to turn orange and farmers are predicting a positive outlook for the rest of the growing season.


      P

      umpkin patches are beginning to turn orange and farmers are predicting a positive outlook for the rest of the growing season.


      "

      The crop looks good

      ,

      but in general I think were little bit smaller than last year

      ," Jimmy Spencer, Pond Hill Farms Owner said.


      S

      o far the
      crops outlook is positive. At Jacob's Farm in Grand Traverse County, farmers say this summer's weather has created an excellent crop.


      "

      What you want is ample and not excessive moisture and you want warm temperatures to set the fruit and we've had that

      ," Steve Fouch, Jacob's Farm Owner said.


      B

      oth farmers say that prices likely will not go up

      , but they believe the demand will due to an increased popularity in pumpkin flavored products.


      "

      For those of us who really love fall

      ,

      that pumpkin taste and pumpkin
      smell you know really is just something you only get one time a year," Spencer said.


      A

      nd even though it's not officially fall

      ,

      visitors to the farms say it's ok to get the season started early.


      "

      They just make me smile I think they're great just make you want to touch them

      ,

      maybe sit on one

      ," Annie Gustavson, Pond Hill Farms customer said.



      "It

      brings back a lot of fond memories from my childhood

      ."


      U-pick pumpkin patches will likely be open to the public at the end of September.

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