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Virginia Pumpkin Patches Offer Prime Picking

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That chill in the air is proof enough that it's prime pumpkin picking time in Virginia. In central Virginia, growers say this year's crop is one of the biggest in recent memory.

We're just a few weeks from Halloween, and retailers are already packing their inventory with the big orange spheres. The state pumps out plenty of pumpkins every year, this year, about 3,000 acres of vines will send 5.3 million pumpkins to stores across the state. But if you're not a fan of the store bought variety, you can make your own pick straight from the patch.

Lisa Henson from Chiles Peach Orchard says people are pulling out huge pumpkins from their patches thanks to some big rainfall last month.

"Oh it's all Mother Nature, we rely on her to make us good crops or bad crops, and she's done a wonderful job this year," she said.

Chiles says it was forced to install a larger scale to weigh its pumpkins this year. Their old model couldn't handle the weight of some of the larger pumpkins they've picked. Compared to other states that saw major drought conditions this summer, our 2012 pumpkin crop fared pretty well.

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