One of the most popular fall flavors. Pumpkins are here early this season due to the dry and warm weather. With the official start of fall on Tuesday, September 22nd, it's pumpkin season. And the weather has been perfect for this years pumpkin growing season.
Beautiful bright orange pumpkins have developed this year. All thanks to the dry weather we've had this month. The owner of North Star Orchards in Westmoreland, Mr. George Joseph says "With the lack of moisture, you don't have the funguses that normally would plague you. So it's been a good clean crop and I think pumpkins all across the area are going to be really good."
Taking a look at this month. We've barely had any rain. Most days were dry. Less than a week of days had around trace. And there was really only one day this entire month where we received a good soaking rain. The total rainfall for the month so far is 0.94" and this could make the list for the top 5 driest Septembers on record if we don't receive too much more rain for the rest of the month.
Also, the hot weather we've had early this month has accelerated the growth of the pumpkins. Mr. Joseph says "You know, we've had good hot days. So that's heat units that make things grow. It probably accelerates some of the annual crops like pumpkins and made them come on a little earlier."
If you would like to buy some pumpkins, they are waiting for you in the store and ready to be picked in two weeks. Mr. Joseph says "Obviously we always have pumpkins in the store and we fill the greenhouse where they're protected in there. But for the u-pick on the pumpkins we offer it starting October 3rd. We'll have wagon rides and obviously this year we're taking precautions and concerns with COVID too."
Be sure to bring your mask and stay 6 feet apart. Come support your local orchard as pumpkin picking season begins.