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Pumpkins thriving in B.C.


Aldor Acres in Langley, B.C. has had one of its best pumpkin crops ever this year
Aldor Acres in Langley, B.C. has had one of its best pumpkin crops ever this year

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

October 15, 2011 — Southern B.C.'s pumpkin crop is thriving, just in time for Halloween.

Plenty of rain followed by a stretch of hot weather allowed the pumpkins to flourish
Plenty of rain followed by a stretch of hot weather allowed the pumpkins to flourish

Despite its mild climate, British Columbia can be a punishing place to farm.

This year, the cold, wet spring took its toll on the berry crop and delayed the cranberry harvest.

But at least one crop is thriving, just in time for Halloween: pumpkins.

“There was a good window right at the end of May, that's when we plant, and it was dry enough to get them in and warm enough to make them germinate. And throughout the summer, it's been really good growing conditions. Rain and heat, that's what we needed,” said Albert Anderson of Aldor Acres in Langley.

The result is the best crop of large pumpkins Anderson can remember.

“We're a little shy of smaller ones, but the big ones came on really early,” he said.

Picking pumpkins in the sunshine
Picking pumpkins in the sunshine

Now, it's time to pick the pumpkins. Anderson said there's no danger of his farm running out of pumpkins -- there are two fields he hasn't even checked out yet.

Pumpkins are also hardy: “They'll keep, regardless of the weather, unless there's a hard freeze,” Anderson said.

Anderson is hoping for nice weather between now and Halloween so people are tempted to visit and pick out their perfect pumpkin.

“People come when there's good weather,” he said. “We want every weekend from now til the 31st to be sunny!”

With files from Caaleb Trott in Vancouver

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