Department of Agriculture warns of rising pumpkin prices
Picking pumpkins may be costing New Yorkers more this year than years prior according to the Department of Agriculture.
We spoke with the family of the Schuyler Farms Pumpkin Patch, They’ve hosted been the pumpkin patch for about 20 years.
Each year, they make it a point to serve the community with fun fall festivities. Like most of the country, howeverm they’re seeing increase in costs.
Ken Macica with Schuyler Farms stated that the cost of fertilizer this year has nearly doubled, along with everything else it takes to grow pumpkins. Due to these expenses, they found themselves buying pumpkins instead of growing them.
Macica also stated in total they’ve spent about 50% more than usual, so they’ve had to make that up by slightly increasing prices. “We try to keep it in check as much as possible but we do have to raise them, but I don’t think we’re making as much in profit this year,” he said.
Despite these issues, the family is continuing to host the pumpkin patch until the end of October. There’s even a haunted corn maze for those who’d like a scare.