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California Pumpkins Start the Holiday Season

Published on: October 06, 2018

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The public was invited to select and take home pumpkins free at the 2nd annual HB Church Pumpkin Patch in Huntington Beach on Oct.6, 2018. “It’s fantastic they’re giving away these huge pumpkins,” said Dani Keane of Fountain Valley, who came to the patch with her husband, Shane, and 5-year-old daughter, MacKenzie.

California Pumpkins Start the Holiday Season

By Chris MacDonald

Pumpkins are being sold in fields, stores, roadside stands and at festivals throughout California this holiday season.

Most counties grow pumpkins—about 30,000 pounds per acre, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Forty-five percent of Californians are expected to get pumpkins this year to use in pies and soups, to be carved into jack-o-lanterns or just to be part of household décor—both inside and out.

Pumpkins, which some people argue are fruits; others, vegetables, come in all shapes, sizes, weights and even colors. The price per pumpkins may overall average out to around $3.89 in 2018, down from $4.12 last year. Still, Americans are expected to shell out more than $575 million to purchase these colorful characters. Read more…>

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