For many, the month of October marks the official season for apple cider, fresh corn and pumpkin patches in Indiana.
Despite a poor harvest this year, a local business opened its gates to allow families to enjoy their pumpkin patch and farm activities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that Indiana grows more than 32-hundred acres of pumpkins each year…. but it’s been a bad harvest this year due to the drought. Freeman Farms in Bloomington were forced to rely on other growers in the area for pumpkins this year.
They bought them wholesale and are now selling them to their customers. Owner of Freeman Farms Mark Freeman said it’s about maintaining the customer base the farm has established through the years.
“Coming out to the pumpkin patch mostly is about having fun, and staying with your family. Because look at all them pumpkins the bicycles, you have the petting zoo, and you have the train and the hay ride.”
So while Freeman certainly hopes next year’s crop is better, he is pleased now because he is able to help so many families fulfill an annual fall tradition.
“We don’t care actually because we grow smiles. And as you can see around here today there’s lots and lots and lots of smiles.”