By Cameron French SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Halloween is right around the corner, which means people of all ages are making their annual trips to the pumpkin patch. Whether you are scouting out a new pumpkin to carve, paint, or simply look at, the market may look a little different this year.
The Pumpkin Hollow is a family-owned and -operated Syracuse pumpkin patch that is returning this year after struggling through the COVID pandemic. Pumpkin Hollow helper Cooper Weinman says while the pumpkin patch’s prices have remained the same over the past few years, their supply of crops has not.
“I know at least for us because the spring was so wet, and we got so many rainstorms after each other a lot of the fields flooded and the whole first crop we almost lost,” Weinman said.
The continuous rainfall throughout the spring delayed the pumpkin patch’s planting season, resulting in fewer crops this year. Despite the decreased supply, The Pumpkin Hollow still expects to have around 10,000-20,000 pumpkins for the fall season.
Syracuse resident and pumpkin patch visitor Joanna Grasso sees fall festivities like the pumpkin patch and apple orchard as staples in every person’s childhood. While Grasso plans to make frequent visits to the pumpkin patch throughout the month, she is not surprised about the buzz of a lower pumpkin supply this season.
“I think I have heard a little bit about like a [pumpkin] shortage,” Grasso said. “But I feel like there’s a shortage of literally everything nowadays.”
The pumpkin patch is an excellent excursion for mothers like Chelsea Kloss, who are more focused on the laughs, spooks, and thrills of the pumpkin patch than the possible pumpkin price changes in Central New York.
“I have noticed they have gone a little bit up, but not much that I care,” Kloss said. “I’m happy to be here for my kids with autism and my own kids. It’s a really good sensory experience, and we love coming here.”
While the supplies and prices of pumpkins are always subject to change, like the weather in Central New York, the memories created at the pumpkin patch will last a lifetime.
The Pumpkin Hollow is located at 3735 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through October 31.