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Southern Indiana farmers credit healthy growing season for bigger, brighter pumpkins

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Dean Stumler Dean Stumler

FREDERICKSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- There’s a good chance the Jack-O-Lanterns you carved this Halloween came out of a southern Indiana field.

The Stumler Family Farm in Fredericksburg has 1,000 acres of pumpkin patches.

“It's our favorite holiday,” Dean Stumler said.

The family sells pumpkins wholesale and has contracts with Kroger, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Aldi in and around the metro area. It also has a contract with Publix, which ships pumpkins around to Georgia, Florida and Texas.

The growing season this year was better than it has been in a long time. Stumler said the weather allowed the pumpkins to grow bigger and the orange to be brighter.

“This year, we had a really good growing season,” Stumler said. “We had ample rainfall, and we didn't have extreme temperatures as far as the heat. We had a lot of 80-degree days in July and August.”

The weather helped the Stumler family farm sell 400,000 more pumpkins than last year.

“Several-hundred semi loads,” Stumler said. “These are all [picked] by hand.”

While Stumler might get a day off the day after Halloween, it will only be a short time before he's back out in these fields preparing to help you celebrate next year. 

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