Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Time to Pick Fresh Texas Pumpkins

With Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of you have pumpkins on your mind. Whether used to carve a jack-o-lantern or baked into a delicious pie, autumn is the season for pumpkins.

This morning, Texas Department of Agriculture Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Communications, Veronica Obregon, appeared live on KEYE Morning News from the pumpkin patch at Evergreen Farms in Elgin.

During the interview, Veronica talked about how the price of pumpkins is up this year, compared to last year. Ninety percent of Texas pumpkins are grown in the Panhandle. The Panhandle area experienced heavy rains late in the growing season, which led to a lower than usual pumpkin supply.

To learn more about Texas pumpkins, watch the news clip here:

You can also find out more details and factoids about Texas-grown pumpkins in my Think Texas column here.

So get down to your local farms to get the best pick of the patch. Providing Halloween decorations and great tasting desserts are just a few ways agriculture affects all Texans in their daily lives.

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