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Satisfying -- -- that it devastated -- this -- there is one crop that is doing surprisingly well and it's just in time for Halloween.
How kids are having a smashing season so far get it get a joining me now from the pumping capital of the world what's.
Illinois that you didn't -- is Ackerman farm's owner John Ackerman at wearing pumpkin orange obviously -- up.
And welcome of the show thank you for coming on how it possible that after a lot of crops.
Were completely -- that pumpkins are having a great season.
Well thank you for having me punk -- have been the shining star -- -- year this year.
Despite the drought -- crops like pumpkins are extremely well in relatively dry conditions and this was the year for pumpkins.
You brought a few of your beauties with us I mean other than wearing it a -- -- I know you've you've brought a couple along with -- You know we've been telling people about all that well yeah that's not that is -- -- what's the Republican that's estranged from gonna have never seen.
We know we've learned news though sometimes -- stranger the better in Nassau just reflection of -- that's the pumpkins we grow.
And we've learned of people say that is at least thing I've ever seen they usually follow with gimme three of them yeah so we're constantly looking for a new variety.
Yep how I mean that's just a freak of nature you -- that on purpose -- what would you charge for that beauty.
Catholic school of our form Muslims either five dollars or three for twelve.
But the breeders have decided that very reliable people want one of things they want is unusual unusual yeah.
Absolutely you know we've we've covered a lot of the devastation.
That's got along with -- droughts and we're trying T you know show up positive story here -- you know -- line somewhere along the way a lot of people have really struggled as a result.
I mean you also raise corn and and a lot of the crops that have been damaged as well right.
Absolutely -- corn soybeans wheat to you and Apple's.
So how how -- the rest your crop enemy pumpkins are obviously the shining star.
How how is the rest of -- Don and how are you doing overall for the year.
Well gotta be -- this year was a struggle.
Probably 20 worst the only -- are seen as bad as this was almost a quarter century ago.
The -- and did a little better than I thought awarded the beans -- little below leverage the -- -- -- complete wipe out.
The we did fairly well also slows here's where you try to focus on your blessings and try to get past -- votes.
Pumpkins 'cause they're so spectacular what is the market like.
Well the market's steady but to return to maintain the same prices that we've had we've got a good crop a lot of the -- have a good -- so.
And has been a good selling here it's Phyllis felt like fall through September saw people really hear -- from -- buying.
Do you sell a lot of pumpkins -- separate Halloween -- -- -- -- it it seems like it's one of those trends right now I go to Starbucks and they say you know they have the pumpkin spice latte at a knows if they use real pumpkins at that actually helps you -- I mean -- our.
It is they're more of a season to -- giving.
That just Halloween.
You know there's there really seems to be there seems to be -- and even late August there's fall decorating season.
And then americorps morphs into the Halloween season so it's it's a bit of a split season and extends for a couple months easily.
What's the best thing you can do with the -- -- that our audience might not know about I -- pumpkin butter what what would you say this sort of encourage people to try something new.
Well -- a lot of worries we -- -- worries over a 160 different kinds out here.
Our old -- worries that have been grown for centuries for eating pumpkins.
So there's some the look like mirrored.
Unusual or different but they really can't be wonderful for cooking OK -- -- also -- -- -- try a little cooking when you -- All right well that's a beauty you have there I wish we led to nearby I would come by and -- it but John thanks for coming on the program we appreciate it.
Thank you so much for --
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