Pumpkin Hollow Reflects on Challenging Harvest Season Pumpkin Hollow Reflects on 2021's Summer of Rain

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The summer of 2021 was one of the wettest summers on record, and it’s causing a delay in the fall pumpkin harvest.

Louise Cox is a co-owner of The Pumpkin Hollow farm in Syracuse, and she said their crops were completely flooded.

“We flooded, and did not produce any pumpkins,” she said.

The Pumpkin Hollow Farm couldn’t start harvesting their own pumpkins until recently. At the beginning of October, all of their pumpkins were imported.

“We had to buy them from elsewhere where their weather was better than ours,” Cox said.

The Cox family has been farming in central New York for generations, and won’t let this year’s growing season get them down.

“We’re excited, and grateful, for what we have,” Cox said.

The Cox family had a history of producing corn, soybeans, and dairy products, until one year they tried pumpkins.

“One year we had so many pumpkins we decided to sell them to the public,” said Cox.

Ever since, the family has opened their doors to central New Yorkers, offering fall activities such as pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and hayrides.They welcome families, just like theirs, to share in their love of the fall season.

“Grandmas and grandpas come, moms and dads working from home,” said Cox.  “They bring their children.”

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