Still haven’t picked a pumpkin? Frost shouldn’t get in the way


SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The threat of first frost has some people worried pumpkins will die before they can even pick them. That’s actually the least of your concerns at the patch.

At Bi-Water Farm, fall fun is in full force. Everywhere you go, pumpkins are on prized display.

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One of the farm’s family owners, Stephen Fister, says, across the country, pumpkin season wasn’t great this year thanks to a lot of rain and long-lasting heat.

“That sets up molds and mildews in the pumpkins and it penetrates the skins as they sit on the ground,” Fister said.

So, if you’re looking for a pumpkin to carve, you want to find one with a good, hard skin.

“If you do that, you’re fine because that pumpkin has about two more weeks of life,” Fister said.

If you can’t find one in the field, Bi-Water has plenty in bins safe from the ground.

With the threat of frost, Fister says worry more about other plants than pumpkins.

“The only problem you would ever have to worry about is if a pumpkin sat on the ground and stayed frozen for three or four days. That doesn’t happen in this case,” Fister said.

Though pumpkins suffered this year, Fister says most farmers are doing fine.

His family, for example, has other ventures.

“Out here, it’s all about the kids,” he said.

He explained a visit to the farm is rare for some kids and helps them understand where food comes from.

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