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Pivotal part of Fall not disappointing for Tri-State farmers

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It's nice and cool outside and we saw some rain Friday morning, but not long ago, Tri-State farmers were dealing with a drought.

A disappointing harvest for a lot of cash crops, but there's plenty of pumpkins.

Pumpkins are a pivotal part of the Fall season at Mayse Farm Market and, lucky for all of us, they are definitely not in short supply.

If you ask us, one of the best parts of a field trip to Mayse Farm Market is the souvenir.

All of these kids go home with a Halloween staple; their own pumpkin.

A few months ago, Owner Paul Mayse watched some of his crops, like sweet corn, fizzle because of the drought.

His pumpkin patch on the other hand, didn't seem to mind the scorching Summer days.

"It's going to be a lot better than the rest, the rest of the crops we had this Summer. It couldn't be any worse," Paul said.

But it took some extra work getting his supply looking good with all that heat. It began in late June and early July.

"As soon as we planted our pumpkins this year, we laid down drip irrigation, we pumped out of our lake from day one and we irrigated all summer long," he said.

That plan worked.

Mr. Mayse tells 14 News his pumpkins, he estimates they've picked between seven and eight thousand of them, are right on target compared to years past.

"They got big stems, they're actually really big," he said.

That's good news because really, what's Halloween without a jack-o-lantern??

But there are so many to choose from. There's the aptly named 'pie pumpkin,' or a much bigger and frankly, scarier variety.

"This one here probably weighs around 30 pounds."

That warty-looking thing is called a 'knuckle head.'

It looks like Paul's going to need a new favorite now though, because April Boeke is taking it home to her 7-year-old son.

"I love that it's big and its squatty and it has this really cool funky stem," April said.

To each their own, especially when there's a good crop.

You can come to Mayse Farm Market seven days a week.

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