CALEDONIA (WIFR) -- As we head closer to the end of the month, many of us will be picking a pumpkin or two up.
"We have been here my whole life. Ever since I was a kid.It is just a family tradition," pumpkin shopper Vanessa Stronczek said. For many it's not just a trip to the pumpkin patch...But rather a yearly tradition in picking the perfect one.
Fortunately, this year there is plenty of variety at the Caledonia Pumpkin Patch. "We planted 43 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash and we have picked quite a bit. If you check the grounds you will see it, " Pumpkin Patch owner Jean Coon said. Last year's drought meant fewer pumpkins around the Stateline.
This year it's a different story. After a wet spring the weather has been nearly ideal for a larger crop and that means plenty of pumpkins to go around. "Our picking has gone very well. It seemed like the crop was a little bit later coming in and being available to us but we have been out in the field picking and we still have more to pick. That is a good thing."
Orange is still the most popular color. As for what happens to these pumpkins...Well... Some already have their mind made up.
With nearly 500 million pounds harvested each year, Illinois is the top US producer of pumpkins.