Mother Nature delivers a mixed bag of pumpkins this year

Mother Nature delivers a mixed bag of pumpkins this year in East Tennessee

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As Halloween approaches, many people will head out to find that perfect pumpkin for carving. However, thanks to Mother Nature, you may have to look a little harder this year. As Halloween approaches, many people will head out to find that perfect pumpkin for carving. However, thanks to Mother Nature, you may have to look a little harder this year.
Making a trip to the pumpkin patch is a tradition for many families. For the Wilmot family, it's one they are starting for the first time this year. Making a trip to the pumpkin patch is a tradition for many families. For the Wilmot family, it's one they are starting for the first time this year.
"We're very excited," said Ashley Wilmot. "Tonight, we're going to have a pumpkin carving party and decorating where we can paint pumpkins and everything." "We're very excited," said Ashley Wilmot. "Tonight, we're going to have a pumpkin carving party and decorating where we can paint pumpkins and everything."
"We had trouble getting them out because we couldn't get into the field," said owner Dennis Fox. "It seemed like it rained every other day. When we did get them out most of our pumpkin seeds rotted rather than come up." "We had trouble getting them out because we couldn't get into the field," said owner Dennis Fox. "It seemed like it rained every other day. When we did get them out most of our pumpkin seeds rotted rather than come up."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As Halloween approaches, many people will head out to find that perfect pumpkin for carving. However, thanks to Mother Nature, you may have to look a little harder this year.

Making a trip to the pumpkin patch is a tradition for many families. For the Wilmot family, it's one they are starting for the first time this year.

"We're very excited," said Ashley Wilmot. "Tonight, we're going to have a pumpkin carving party and decorating where we can paint pumpkins and everything."

Her son Ryan already has plans to carve Batman into his pumpkin, and with 17 acres of pumpkins there are normally plenty of options for him to choose from. However, at the Fruit and Berry Patch in North Knoxville this year, only 60 percent survived.

"We had trouble getting them out because we couldn't get into the field," said owner Dennis Fox. "It seemed like it rained every other day. When we did get them out most of our pumpkin seeds rotted rather than come up."

For Fox, that meant turning to an outside source to fill his pumpkin patch.

"We always have to bring in extra pumpkins. This year, one of my suppliers cut me off completely. One of the other suppliers seems to have plenty. So some people have them and some people don't. It just depends on exactly where they are located."

Despite the poor crop the Wilmots were able to find pumpkins worthy of carving.

"It's a very good selection out here," said Wilmot. "Lots of big ones, lots of small ones for the little ones if they want to paint, which will be perfect for Tyler."

Fox says to get the best selection, you should to get out to the patch within the next week before they are all gone.

Other farms in the area such as New Market and Greenback have reported having a very good crop this year. The best advice is to call ahead before you head out to go picking.

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