Updated 10/02/2012 11:15 AM
This year’s pumpkin crop
Many people are out buying pumpkins this fall, but the quality of the crop can vary depending where you go. Our Megan Cruz is at Indian Ladder Farms with more on how the local crop is looking this year
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VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. -- Your search for the perfect pumpkin could be more competitive this year. That's because this year's crop is a bit smaller than in previous years. That's smaller in the number available, as well as the size.
Farmers like Peter Ten Eyck of Indian Ladder Farms in Voorheesville blame a 33-day dry spell over the summer. He says it had him really worried about the fall harvest.
"We had a short apple crop because we froze out, then we thought what's going to happen to the pumpkins, but it turned out that even though we had 33 days with no rain, they managed to work their way through it and we got a reasonable sized crop and the size is kind of moderate," said Ten Eyck.
Ten Eyck says Columbus Day weekend is the prime pumpkin picking time. Indian Farms visitors can pick their own from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this holiday weekend. They'll be hosting a carnival there as well.