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Pressure to Produce Plenty of Pumpkins

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DENISON, TX -- Pumpkin farmers are feeling the pressure this season. The popular gourds are going fast and farmers are having trouble keeping up with the demand. Deeda Payton visited a Grayson County pumpkin patch to see what's going on.

There's no need to go into a pumpkin panic. Local patches say there isn't a serious shortage, but the gourds just aren't growing like they used to in our area.

Elves Farm in Denison has been a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree farm for about ten years. Owner, Marshall Kathey, says every fall they sell between 5,000 and 7,000 pumpkins. He admits not all of the pumpkins are grown on the property. The majority come from a patch in West Texas just north of Lubbock, so his business is doing well, but he says he knows there are some patches that are struggling. "I have been getting a lot of calls from people due to getting shorted on orders and stuff. Pumpkins are a tough crops because you may have a lot of vines and a lot of flowers, but never actually grow any pumpkins on your vines or if you get too much rain or not enough rain your crop can be damaged very easily," said Kathey.

Elves Farm is open to the public every weekend: Saturdays ten to five and Sundays one to five. Weekdays, Elves is open for school and civic groups, but only by appointment.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.