Plenty Of Pumpkins

By Kelly McCarthy

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM EST

Town of Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's not just homeowners and businesses that are still recovering from the flood last year, Jackson's Pumpkin Farm is looking forward to a big 2012 season.

Action News revisited the farm and found us what to expect from the pumpkin crop.

A year ago today there wasn't a single person on Jackson's Farm after losing their entire pumpkin crop in the flood.

"I'm really happy to say we have a great crop this year. Much as opposed to last year where we had the flood and we lost everything, this year they seemed to grow well," said James Jackson, owner of Jackson Farms.

Growing well and pleasing the young ones, to some surprise it's not the big pumpkins selling fast.

"Well you'd think everyone would want the biggest pumpkin but the truth of it is little kids want little pumpkins, they want one they can carry. I would say our most popular sizes are the smaller sizes," said Jackson.

"It's something for them. It's a little pumpkin for a little person. They can pick it up. It's manageable for them," said Ellie Barvinchak of Binghamton.

Two children at the farm were able to pick out their own pumpkins, and felt most comfortable in the patch with the smaller ones.

Each pumpkin size comes from planting a different type of seed.

"There's a lot of different varieties. There's some that grow large and some that grow small and we probably plant seven or eight different varieties to get the variation in all the sizes," said Jackson.

It was a tough year for large pumpkins in some parts of the country, but at Jackson's farm they say what rain we did see over the summer was just enough to give them pumpkins of all sizes.

"Midsummer when we had that month where we didn't catch much rain, I thought possibly they could be smaller but when I got out in the fields picking, the larger varieties grew quickly late in the fall and they're beautiful, they're big," said Jackson.

To take home for decoration, or for Jack-O-lanterns.

"We'll try carving but we'll see how it goes with the little kids this year. It will probably be a lot of mom and dad carving and them just watching or maybe we'll have them paint them," said Barvinchak

No matter the size of the pumpkin, just as long as it can be turned into a family activity.

Jackson's Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

He said the first few weekends in October are their busiest time.

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