NEW YORK - Happy about the warm summer we had? So are the pumpkins on the east end of Long Island.
Dry and warm weather is the perfect recipe for a plentiful pumpkin patch. This year Ed Harbes, owner of Harbes Family Farm says the harvest has been one of the healthiest.
“Pumpkins aren't a hearty crop,” Harbes said. “If the roots are saturated for a couple of days, different plant disease set in and impacts the quality of the plant.”
The North Fork farm grows pumpkins on 60-acres of land. Seeds were planted in June and the patch opened for picking the second to last week in September. This year at $0.69 a pound, there are tens of thousands of pumpkins to choose from.
When it comes to picking pumpkins there are many varieties. There is the Aladdin or face pumpkin - the most popular for carving, there are the Cinderella pumpkins low to the ground and great for pie. There's also the prize winner - a variety that can grow to be over 100-pounds when it's ready to be picked!
According to the New York State Agricultural Society, New York ranks among the top ten pumpkin producers in the nation.