Pumpkin patch seeing increase in sales, visitors

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FRUITA, Colo (KKCO)-- A local pumpkin patch is seeing an increase in sales and visitors.

Moon Farm owners say they're welcoming more repeat customers than last year, which was their first year having a pumpkin patch.

They say the key to a good pumpkin is six to eight hours of intense sunlight, and water once a week. Farmers start planting pumpkins in mid-June to make sure they're ready for your Halloween decorations. Moon Farm planted roughly 3,500 plants, producing 4,000 pumpkins.

"I have people that come out, and they think that small pumpkins never really grew to be a big pumpkin, and that's not the case. Basically, when you buy the seed, you're buying a seed for a little, five-to-eight pound pumpkin, or you're buying seed for a 40-to-50 pound pumpkin," said David Moon, co-owner of Moon Farm.

Officials also say the drought hasn't affected their business because local farmers rely or irrigation. Leftover pumpkins will be tilled into the ground, donated to other farms, or given to groups to destroy.

Moon Farm's last day of the Halloween pumpkin season is Oct. 31st.

For more information on Moon Farms, visit www.moonfarm.net

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