SAYLORSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Some go big, others go small. “Because we’re getting to pick them out!” says Mikey Theis of Stroudsburg.
But no matter what size you choose… “it’s fun to pick pumpkins,” smiles Lila Theis of Stroudsburg.
The owner of Klingel’s Farm in Saylorsburg says those reactions make all the hard work worth it.
“We work all year for this month-and-a-half,” Stuart Klingel, owner of Klingel’s Farm, explains.
Stuart Klingel says the wet weather is fueling a devastating disease, which destroys pumpkins and other low-lying vine crops. The blight stays in the ground and travels with moving water.
“We farmers, as a whole, really don’t know what to do about it,” he says.
The disease spreads from one field to the next. “We isolate those fields and make sure we don’t track it from one field to another,” Klingel explains.
Twenty-five acres of pumpkins were planted, but five were lost because of excessive moisture. One entire patch was wiped out.
But, there’s still plenty of perfect pumpkins to pick.
“Some will be carved, some will be painted. Whatever the kids want to do with them, we let them do,” says Tina Theis of Stroudsburg.
Klingel says local stores are bringing in pumpkins from other states that had better growing seasons.
This also causes prices to rise.