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Wet Weather Leads to Poor Pumpkin Crop

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Pumpkins in Delaware are not so plentiful this year.

"It's a tough year for pumpkins, a lot of early rain this summer drowned out one of our fields, I know other growers that lost their entire crops," said Tom Smith, one of the owners of T.S. Smith and Sons in Bridgeville.

That lower supply has forced prices to rise if you're in the market for a locally-grown pumpkin.

"Instead of $110, $120 a bin, they're probably $150 a bin for 40 pumpkins so it's a little more expensive," he said.

According to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, pumpkin production peaked in 2004. But Smith says the lower supply and possible increased prices isn't deterring families from coming out and shopping.

"It's a season they treat their children, it's a special time and they'll buy maybe not two pumpkins, maybe one nice pumpkin," Smith said.

The rain this summer has pushed back the growing season for other crops.

"The wet weather delayed the broccoli, cauliflower and kale planting and now broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower is coming in the season as well as kale and turnips and sweet potatoes," Smith said.

But Smith says there's a silver lining to all the rain. "There's still a lot of fresh vegetables to be had on the Delmarva peninsula."

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