Rainy summer has helped most crops as pumpkin and apple picking season begins


Apples at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market are a good size this year thanks to heavy rainfall in late summer.

YORKANA, Pa .– Pumpkins and apple orchards are opening up for the season and getting ready for people to come and pick them.

Julie Keene, market manager at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, says it’s a great time of year to go out to the orchard.

“September is the best season because we are converging two seasons; summer and fall, “she said.” So we still have peach slushes and we still have pumpkins and apples and the mix is ​​just perfect. ”

At Flinchbaugh’s, the pumpkin patch is open and ready to go, while apple picking officially opens this weekend. There is also a market, a corn maze and other activities for visitors.

Keene tells Fox43 that the rainy summer didn’t cause too much of a problem for their harvest. In fact, pumpkins sit on a bed of straw to help prevent rotting.

“So they don’t grow directly on damp, damp soil, which puts them a bit on top. Fortunately, we haven’t seen any rot issues in the field yet. “

The pumpkins themselves didn’t grow any differently due to the wet summer, but the rain helped clean them up so they weren’t as dirty as usual.

It took a long time for people to get outside to pick pumpkins, in part due to the hot weather, but now is a great time to pick them! Keene says pumpkins, if kept dry, will keep for about 8 weeks, so anything you pick will last until Halloween.

A quick drive to the apple orchard, and you’ll see some lovely, ready-to-pick apples that the rainy summer actually helped grow.

“We had this rain and they just swelled. So yeah, rain isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, ”Keene told Fox43. “Of course you have to make sure you take care and watch your fields to make sure you avoid rot, but we try to stay on top. of this as it comes.

The orchard had two varieties of apples that ripened as the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved around causing a bit of rot. Fortunately, Keene says the damage was minimal.

Every fall weekend, the farm and orchard usually host a few thousand people. Keene is thrilled that people are coming back to the farm and getting the perfect fruit.

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