Dry summer makes for a promising fall pumpkin crop

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The thermometer may not agree  yet, but fall is right around the corner.

At Whitcomb Pumpkin Patch in Williston, the pumpkins are already lined up, ahead of the patch’s official opening this weekend.

“Started out dry but we did get enough moisture we had to hand water a little bit when the plants started out,” said owner, Mary Whitcomb.

Harvesting thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, Whitcomb says this year’s lot was slightly better than last year.

“Not a lot of rot at all,” he said. “I think that’s because it was so dry.”

And while the pumpkins and gourds enjoyed this summer’s intense heat, the apples were a little less happy, said John Adams one of the owners of Adam’s Apple Orchard..

“As the summer heated up there was some element of sun scalding on a few of the very high apples in the tree,” Adams said.

He says that only affected about 2 percent of their crop.

On Tuesday the orchard was buzzing with crews making cider for their stores.

“We don’t use any ground apples at all we use all tree picked fruit. We bring them up to the top and then we put them through an apple washing machine to clean off the apples before they come in. Then well bring them up to the barn and then we put them through our commercial grinder. And then well put them on our hydraulic press to get all of the liquid out of the apples,” said Scott Adams

He says that about 40 apples are squeezed into every gallon of cider. The excess is given to a pig farm.

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