All things pumpkin spice may be out on display in stores, but for actual pumpkins, it’s still a bit too soon.
Farmers in Windsor said the orange gourds should still be weeks away from ripening. However, the state’s hot and dry weather has many ready for the picking.
From the tiniest of decorative pumpkins to the massive fair prize winners, pumpkins came out of Brown’s Harvest Farm in droves as of Thursday.
"The pumpkins have come in a week or two early,” said Kathi Martin, Brown’s Harvest Farm. “But they're plentiful."
Martin said the weather is the reason they arrived so early.
According to Eyewitness News’s Early Warning Weather Center, Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks is running about 6 inches below average for precipitation this year and an inch shy for the month.
"We started picking the very end of August, so there were some customers saying I’m not ready for this yet,” Martin said. “And quite frankly, I wasn't yet either! But when the pumpkins are ready to, [we] gotta start picking them."
Martin said pumpkins are typically picked in late September. Despite the early appearance, she said she wasn’t worried about the crop making it to Halloween.
"The past few days being in the 90s, we've been picking them and storing them in our sheds,” she said. “And we'll be taking them out as we need them or as it cools."
While the farm is hoping for some cooler fall days for the crop, the rain is going to be great for another fall favorite, the corn maze. It’s hoping that the precipitation will turn the leaves from brown to green.
"The rain will be helpful to everybody,” Martin said.
The farm’s 38th season for pumpkins and hayrides begins next week.
Even though people can pick theirs early, farmers said they shouldn’t be carved right away. They recommended waiting until a few days before Halloween.
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