Imagine celebrating the upcoming spooky holiday without pumpkins. It's a scary thought this Halloween, and it's the reality many people in the region could face as farmers deal with a shortage of the most anticipated fruit of the season.
Farmers in the southeast part of Virginia say they struggled to grow pumpkins this year, and many of them have patches that are bare. Now they're working to save Halloween by shipping pumpkins from other places.
Patches like one NBC29 visited in Louisa County sit empty, without a pumpkin in sight. So growers are having them shipped from places like the Shenandoah Valley where they have a surplus. In some cases, people are placing pumpkins from elsewhere into their own patch, so kids can come pick them.
"You can tell that there's not as many out there, and the buyers are coming from Williamsburg and on down east to buy these pumpkins to take back because they don't have a supply down there," said Jason Edwards, the Louisa County market manager.
Edwards said that the shortage is due to too much rain in some parts of the region.
Overall though, central Virginia growers said this year's crop is one of the biggest in recent memory. So the places that have plenty of pumpkins, will supply the rest of the patches that need them.
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