"They were a little bit late coming out of the field, but we have been harvesting almost every weekend. And they look great, and they're doing very well. We think we're going to have a great crop come in this year."
Coon says they got a late start due to the cool temps we saw earlier this summer. But that's having little effect on the sheer numbers they're harvesting. So which type do folks prefer? Nikki Lapastora and Tori Boyd Leave it up to their toddler, Hendricks: “Whatever he ends up picking out. He just likes to roam around and roll pumpkins around."
But there's more to the patch than just pumpkins. Michelle Hammer and her family are regular visitors: “It's just a nice place to come and spend the day and it's fairly inexpensive and the kids really enjoy themselves."
A haunted house, moon bounces, and other attractions exist, but in the end, Michelle’s daughter is here to see the pumpkins: “I like to see the pumpkins!"
The Midwest takes for granted something that other areas of the country just don't have. Coon explains, “It's interesting when we see people from other states that don't have anything like this available to them--and their reactions, just, like--oh my gosh! It's overwhelming."
Illinois is the leading producer of pumpkins in the U.S.-- harvesting nearly 500 million pounds each year.