With Halloween fast approaching, Shelton farmer Terry Jones said this year’s pumpkin bounty is one of the best he’s seen in three decades.
“If you asked me how the crop looked on Aug. 1, I would have said ‘lousy,’” said Jones, who operates Jones Family Farms with other family members.
“However, the last two months have brought ideal growing conditions,” Jones said. “In fact, it is one of the highest-quality pumpkin crops we have seen in the last 30 years.”
Wade H. Elmer, plant pathologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said this year’s pumpkin crop in the state “is shaping up very nicely.”
“With the exception of hot weather in July that suppressed pollination by the bees and delayed the setting of the pumpkin fruit, we have had very few problems from weather or pests,” Elmer said. “Leaf disease pressure was minimal this year and there have been no reports of widespread root-, crown- or fruit-rot problems.”
New breeds available at Jones Farms…
As part of the October American Cowboy Celebration at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, some new pumpkin breeds have been “rounded up.”
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Jamie Jones, who does all the farm’s varietal testing and selection of seeds, said a “long and thick-stemmed variety, with hereditary lines in the traditional heirloom Connecticut field pumpkin, is really wowing our visitors.”
…including pink ones for a cause
And then there are the “pink ladies.” The “porcelain doll” variety was developed by the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
The Jones family will be contributing half of the pink pumpkin sales revenue to the “Valley Goes Pink” initiative of Griffin Hospital in Derby.
Jones Family Farms is located off Route 110. For information regarding hours of operation, picking locations, picking tips, and other information, people can call the Farmer Jones crop info line at 203-929-8425, or go to www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/farm/pumpkins.