When we start slinging pumpkins every day and the mornings are cool you sense we are on the home stretch for getting things out of the field. We haven’t had to worry about a frost yet but it is sure to come. This past week we started harvesting fall squash for storage before it freezes. Butternut and spaghetti cannot tolerate a frost but the buttercup and acorn can handle a little bit. We like to get all the butternut and spaghetti out before the first frost otherwise it discolors the squash and the shelf life shortens up.
Pumpkins are moving at a brisk pace with the stores getting their first shot this past month and fall set ups are all ripe and plenty for sales. As time gets closer to Halloween we ship more and more pumpkins with the last two weeks being the heaviest in volume. Fall décor has become an increasing fashion with mums, pumpkins, corn shocks and straw bales, and specialty pumpkins (different colored ones) all leading the way to being the second largest money spending habits for the consumer next to Christmas. Hopefully the sun shines for the rest of the month since we cannot load pumpkins when it is raining, it tends to become a muddy mess and we do not like muddy messes. Amen!
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!