TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Fall has begun and with it comes warm apple cider, changing leaves and pumpkins. But did the cooler than normal July and heavy rain have an impact on this years crop? We made our way out to Fulton Farms in search of the perfect pumpkin.
The front lawn has turned from green to orange at Fulton Farms. The gourds are good and owner Joyce Fulton says there is always room for more. “This might look like a lot but there were way more here a couple of days ago. This will be covered with orange again by this evening.”
The harvest is underway in one of the 250 acres of vines. Pumpkin after pumpkin are picked up and put onto this conveyor belt. A well oiled assembly line where everyone has a part. In just a matter of minutes the trailer is filled and ready to be shipped. Area grocery stores will be getting this batch of pumpkins.
Levi Karnehm says, “We have a really good crop this year. Sometimes we get too many weeds and they don’t really ripen up or bugs that eat them stems but so far we haven’t had any problems with those.”
The one thing Levi Karnehm noticed is this years crop is just a little later than normal. There are still a few more green pumpkins camouflaged among the green vines. He estimates there are about 44 tons of pumpkins in each acre and he loves being a part of every harvest. He would rather be outside working in the fields of his grandparents farm than being stuck behind a desk.
“Pumpkins don’t require as near as much attention or irrigating it all that often. these are somewhat drought tolerant but we do irrigate them,” Karnehm
The weather has been favorable this season so all of us can enjoy picking a pumpkin that’s just right for any occasion.
While the summer has been great here for these pumpkins at Fulton Farms the one thing farmers here are concerned about is an early frost. Hopefully mother nature will wait until all of these pumpkins are ready.