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Pumpkin season about to begin

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Lohstroh Family Farms is experiencing something many pumpkin patches are -- summer weather hurt the crop. (WSYX/WTTE)

Friday's weather may have you thinking about Fall. Temperatures seemed more like mid-October than September 1.

Once those temperatures fall, it seems everyone gets excited about those pumpkin flavored things. This year, pumpkin season is a little behind at one farm in Mt. Sterling because of a flooding rain from July. August was a dry month but that one rain in July caused problems all summer long.

At Lohstroh Family Farms in Mt. Sterling, some pumpkins looked perfect and others not quite ready for the front porch.

"We had a six-inch rain in two hours on July 7. The water stayed on it for almost a week which is a long time, so we have had some challenges growing the pumpkins, but we will have pumpkins," Michelle Lostroh said.

She said some pumpkins didn't make it from that July 7 rain, but others never got pollinated because bees don't come out in rain. Michelle says they did lose some pumpkins which is a big difference from last year when they had their best pumpkin harvest ever. She says it's a bummer after such a great season last year, but pumpkin time is an exciting time around the farm and they're looking forward to the season anyway.

They will open for business September 9.





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