Crozet Farm Hosting Fall Festival, Says Pumpkin Crop Improving
A farm is preparing to celebrate fall this weekend with food, fun - and of course - pumpkins.
Chiles Peach Orchard is opening up its pumpkin patch just in time for its second annual Fall Into Fun Festival. In addition to picking your own pumpkin, this weekend's festival goers can also pick apples, make old-fashioned apple butter, take wagon rides, play farm games and enjoy delicious food from the farm.
"What a great time of year to celebrate, you know, fall is our favorite time of the year around here with apples and pumpkins and it just seems like a good way to celebrate, bringing families out," said Cynthia Chiles, whose family owns Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet.
If you choose to pick a pumpkin this weekend, it will likely last through Halloween. Chiles said a pumpkin can last for several weeks, as long as it's not carved right away. The best pumpkins are those without any soft spots.
Last year was tough for pumpkin growers. Many patches in the area were importing them from elsewhere. "I think the derecho just wiped a lot of the crop out," Chiles said.
This year's pumpkins sustained heavy rain right after they were planted, which isn't good for the crop. But while this is still not the best year for pumpkins Chiles, said it's much better than last year.
"We had a decent year on pumpkins," she said. "The last couple years have not been prime pumpkin growing but we'll make it happen."
Right now, the orchard has pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Chiles said they'll likely be harvesting them until December.
The Fall Into Fun Festival takes place at Chiles Peach Orchard from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but there's a fee for some activities.
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