'Tis the season for hay rides, corn mazes and of course pumpkins. With all the rain we've had this season, pumpkin growers say they have more product than they've had in years.
FOX25 visited the Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch in Arcadia on Sunday. Owner Paula Parkhurst knows just about everything there is to know about pumpkins. For the first time in years, her pumpkin patch has a full crop. Parkhurst believes many other local farmers are experiencing the same thing.
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In past years farmers have been plagued with drought, meaning most of the pumpkins had to be imported. Parkhurst estimates her crop this year will be in the thousands.
"I probably have about 20 different varieties," she said.
"They've all got character," said Toni Wiens. Today was her first time at the Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch. "They're like all the little children. You see all the little faces, and sizes, and shapes and forms."
Parkhurst says now that the weather is cooler, business is picking up. She believes those who
specialize in fall tourism can expect crowds.
While some of the more interesting and colorful varieties of pumpkins are still imported from
other places, Parkhurst is glad this year customers can expect some home grown pumpkins too.
"It's more fun to see the pumpkins and we always try to have an example of what's growing," she said.
The Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch is open Thursday-Sunday from now until November 4. They offer hay rides, a petting zoo, marshmallow roasting, and a corn maze.