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Pumpkin crop not squashed by late-summer heat
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Jaemor Farms had an early, and large, pumpkin crop thanks to the late-summer heat in North Georgia and are fully stocked with pumpkins of every shape, size and color. - photo by Scott Rogers

Ready to get some squash in the oven now that the weather has cooled off? You’re in luck.

The late-summer heat wave led to a bumper crop of early pumpkins this fall, according to Jaemor Farms’ Jeremy Echols. Doing especially well right now are the cooking squash: Pie pumpkins, acorn squash and turban squash.

It’s not all upside for the big guys, however. While the heat led to a large initial crop of large carving pumpkins showing up early, they haven’t been growing back as quickly as they have in previous years, Echols said. 

“They’ll keep harvesting them to Halloween,” Echols said of the pumpkins and squash. “They time them out, but the yield isn’t where it used to be. They’ll pick a load the last week of Halloween.”

Total harvest is looking to be down in 2019, but there’s plenty of local squash still growing in Hall County.

Other local produce growing in Hall County right now, including at Jaemor, that will be available later this fall include apples, pecans and greens.

And it may only be October, but the North Hall farm is already looking to 2020: Farm workers are “planting strawberries as hard as they can go for next spring right now,” Echols said.

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