Local pumpkins profit despite national pumpkin shortage


GREENE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – As the country faces a pumpkin shortage just before Halloween, local pumpkin plots are seeing a surge in their activities.

Nationally, supply chain issues have driven up prices for everyone’s favorite fall decor.

However, local pumpkin patches like Scatter Creek Berries and Produce are enjoying one of the best seasons to date.

“This is the best year we’ve ever had, especially for pumpkin patch season,” said Jimmy Williams, Scatter Creek co-owner. “From what I can tell, our prices have been very competitive with big box stores and I’m tickled.”

Right now, Scatter Creek pumpkins range from $ 3 to $ 10, depending on the size and type of pumpkin you choose.

Williams said even with a late checkout due to rain in June, there had been a ton of customer demand.

“It just keeps getting busier and I think the pumpkin shortage is probably only part of it. It seems like everything is backed up, logistically and shipping, and so being local really helps, ”said Williams.

Williams said another perk to shopping locally is the experience of going to the pumpkin patch.

Local pumpkin plots like Scatter Creek offer things like pluck pumpkins, local produce for sale, and food.

Scatter Creek will also be offering movie nights on Saturdays, starting this weekend.

To learn more about Scatter Creek Berries and Produce, visit website here or the Facebook page here.

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