Pumpkin season arrives at Wickham Farms

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PENFIELD, N.Y. (WHEC) — It’s that time of year to head out to the farms and choose your favorite pumpkin before Halloween.

“Overall a really good pumpkin crop this year,” Dale Wickham of Wickham Farms said. “We battled through a little bit of a wet stretch during the late summer. It was very hot, very rainy which sometimes can lead to a little bit of disease a little bit of rot."

Wickham said that hot and wet stretch didn’t last long as they were able to pull through.

“We have thousands and thousands of pumpkins every year,” Wickham said. “We’ve got plenty!"

Wickham said the harvest begins in May and stretches through the end of August.

He said while some other parts of the country are battling a pumpkin shortage, you’ll find all shapes, sizes and each one is unique in its own way.

“Some of it is based on the variety so different varieties will create different size pumpkins, we got little pie pumpkins that are more for baking and then there are you big jack-o-lantern varieties that we have and a lot of that definitely depends on soil nutrients and the weather when you get good plant health then generally you get good big pumpkins and we got a lot of big pumpkins this year and a lot of small ones too for some that like them a little smaller,” Wickham said.

Wickham said there’s an option for everyone and now is the time to pick them.

Pumpkins last 8 to 12 weeks after they are picked, so they will stay fresh and last you through spooky season and Halloween.

“Our biggest ally on our farm so far is our space we have 40 acres of space open to the public and it’s a great place to spend the day outside you know feeling safe and making memories with family, with friends while enjoying a beautiful farm,” Wickham said.

Wickham Farms is open every day except Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.