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Farmers across Virginia are reporting a bumper crop of pumpkins this fall, saying there will be plenty of choice for the holidays.
VIRGINIA NORTH, VA (Catholic Online) - Most of the state's pumpkins are grown in the southwest, but patches can be found all across the state. Farmers say they are enjoying a good year because of timely and adequate rains which kept the pumpkins healthy and growing.
The same beneficial weather has also provided a good season for gourds and squashes. The public should also enjoy low prices for the seasonal fruit.
Pumpkins are technically classified as a fruit because they contain seeds. Those seeds can be roasted and eaten, while the flesh of the pumpkin can be turned into edible treats such as pies. Pumpkins make for bright traditional seasonal decorations and are closely associated with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and harvest festivals.
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