How did the pumpkins do this hot dry summer? At Jones Family Farms it was a "bumper crop." \u201cWe did a lot of watering,\u201d says Terry Jones, \u201cand we were very fortunate to receive some\u00a0wonderful timely showers in early July and early August. Adds Jamie Jones \u2013 \u201cWe\u2019ve als\u00a0developed some special techniques utilizing natural mulches and composts that increase the water\u00a0holding capacity of our rich soil.\u201d Jamie Jones points out \u201cWe try to follow my great-great- great grandfather\u2019s credo \u2018Be good to the land, And the land will be good to you\u2019.\u201d This year Jones Family Farms is headed South of the Border for a \u201cPumpkin Fiesta\u201d theme. Jean\u00a0Jones encourages visitors to enjoy our colorful displays that reflect the rich culture, heritage,\u00a0history, food, and artistic achievements of Latin America. She says \u201cBrowse around The Mercado\u2013 our Fiesta Market. You\u2019ll feel as though you\u2019re in the streets of Peru or Venezuela with the\u00a0colorful decorations, squash, and pumpkins!\u201d Jones Family Farms is located in Shelton, Connecticut, off Route 110. The Pumpkinseed Hill Farm\u00a0at 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton, is open daily through October 31 st from 10AM-5:30PM for\u00a0pumpkin picking, hayrides, and the corn-maze. Admission to the farm is free. For more information regarding hours of operation, picking locations, picking tips, and otherdetails, visitors can call the Farmer Jones Crop Info Line at (203) 929-8425, or visit the Jones\u00a0website at www.jonesfamilyfarms.com. *Note: Farmer Jones will incorporate the Shelton Public School\u2019s vocabulary word of the week into\u00a0each Crop Report message during the pumpkin season. *Note: The\u00a0annual Children\u2019s Festival activities take place Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday,\u00a0Oct. 30 . A separate Press Release will follow as we approach that event.