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Collins pumpkin farm not affected by pumpkin shortage

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COLLINS, MS (WDAM) -

This year, pumpkin farmers around the country are reaping a better harvest after last year’s dismal season.

Fall is finally here and Mitchell Farms Pumpkin Patch in Collins is now open.

“We planted 75 acres of pumpkins this year,” Owner Jo Lynn Mitchell said. “I’ve got about 30 different varieties. We’ve got the prize winners, Cinderella, and white pumpkins.

Last year’s heavy rains caused a rough harvest for pumpkin farmers nationally, but Mitchell said this year Mitchell Farms did not have that problem.

“There are always situations where you have rain or too much rain or not enough rain,” Mitchell said. “This year, everything was perfect.”

Mitchell said they have even been able to help other farmers around Mississippi.

“We have been able to supply a lot of local fruit stands,” Mitchell said. “Some of the other pumpkin patches in the state have been buying pumpkins from us.”

The farm offers more than just pumpkins. Families can enjoy different attractions like wagon ride tours and mazes.

“We brought the children over here not too long ago,” Bonnie Barnes said, a visitor of the pumpkin patch.  “We went on rides with the children and we really enjoyed it.”

Mitchell Farms annual Peanut Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday on the farm in Collins.

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