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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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