Despite Indiana's extreme drought, there are plenty of pumpkins in the field this year, but it took a whole lot of work to get them here.
"For the first time in 40 years we had to actually start the pumpkins in pots in the greenhouse because there was just not enough moisture to germinate the seeds," said Stonycreek Farm owner Loren Schmierer.
Once germinated, the real work began.
Employees spent two weeks moving the pumpkins from the greenhouse to the 10-acre field.
Then they had to hand water them until recent rains finally came.
"Well, if we hadn't gotten them in the greenhouse and got them started, we wouldn't have a crop at all," Schmierer said.
But thanks to employees' efforts, Stonycreek has nearly as many pumpkins as usual.
"They're all green yet, but they'll be orange for October," Schmierer said.
Some other farms may not be so lucky, meaning there could be an overall shortage of pumpkins this fall.
"Prices will be up somewhat to compensate for the extra labor and the shortage," Schmierer said. "But there should be plenty. We'll just have to hunt a little bit farther to find them."
Pumpkin picking at Stonycreek Farm begins Sept. 29 and goes through Oct. 31.
As for their Christmas tree crop, the older trees are doing fine, but they did lose some of the trees they planted this year.
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