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This Year's Pumpkin Crop

For local farmers, this year's pumpkin crop has been scary. The harvest is one of the worst in recent memory.

You can look at pumpkins in different ways, through the eyes of W.D. Williams Kindergartners, if you're lucky. But, if you're among those in business at the Farmer's Market the outlook may not be quite as full of glee. The great pumpkins, in all varieties, are at a low point.

Vendor, Adan Cavazos, says the 2013 crop is no farmer's fantasy. One expert calls it the worst crop in 2 decades. Truly great pumpkins will be precious and fewer, because of recent rain. Cavazos says, "it damages the pumpkins like any other crop if it gets too much rain."

According to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, wet weather this year wiped out more than half the harvest of many pumpkin growers. Another seller, Randy Heatherly, says the rain-related crop issues just trickle down to us. And as far as the prices go, Heatherly says they're up 20% from last year.

The patch problems won't deter the Chamber's family. Despite the woeful crop, many sellers say there are enough pumpkins to go around.

As far as the kids are concerned, like many of us, these "little experts" will probably overlook the pumpkin outlook. Searching for something picture perfect.


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