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Pumpkin production continues to roll strong

As we quickly approach Halloween, ample supplies of pumpkins remain to continue the promotion of carving-type orange Jack O’ Lanterns through Halloween.IMG 7133

“We have experienced very moderate temperatures (high 70s to low 80s) this fall, which has allowed for normal production of pumpkins in California,” said Ryan Van Groningen, president of Van Groningen & Sons Inc. in Manteca, CA. “With the exception of Oct. 3, when we received two to three inches of rain in a 45 minute span, our fall has been dry, which is quite normal for us”.

With two big selling weekends to go before the holiday, there is still an abundant amount of pumpkins to be shipped and sold. “As a grower, estimating how many pumpkins are left to be harvested in the field is an extremely important role to make sure you cover all of your customers' needs while not leaving pumpkins in the field that will go unsold after Halloween,” said Van Groningen.

One additional benefit of experiencing a bountiful crop is being able to donate to additional schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. “The amount of donation requests we receive each season is staggering so it feels great that we have been able to donate to nearly every worthy cause this season,” said Van Groningen.

“This pumpkin season has been a lot of fun because of our volume so no one will be left without a pumpkin,” he said.

To learn more about Van Groningen & Sons Inc. and view its 2018 pumpkin and harvest décor catalog, visit or booth No. 3884 at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL Oct. 19-20.