Pumpkin pickers, farms relish in crisp autumn day amid stretch of rainy weekends

Sunday was a busy day for Secor Farms in Mahwah where many families picked up a few of their favorite orange gourds.

News 12 Staff

Oct 22, 2023, 11:15 PM

Updated 238 days ago

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Farmers in New Jersey were relieved that Sunday's dry weather prompted families to go pumpkin picking after seven consecutive rainy weekends slowed down business.
Pumpkins are the signature sign of autumn and many families head to local farms to pick up a few of their favorite orange gourds.
Sunday was a busy day for Secor Farms in Mahwah. In terms of growing conditions this year, owner Darryl Secor said it's hard to compare to last year's perfect weather. Many farms were worried toward the beginning of the season, especially as farms across the country have struggled with shortages.
While the rain has slowed business on certain days, it's not stopping them by any means. When it does rain one day, Secor said it means that the farm will have twice as many visitors on the following day.
“We are fortunate that the pumpkin crop is heavy," Secor said. "So we have plenty of material to sell. We make up for it on a Sunday and we're fortunate that Sunday isn't raining, so we have a bright side too."


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