Wet weather takes toll on Chesapeake pumpkin farm

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - The owners of a Chesapeake farm say wet weather has taken a toll on their pumpkin crop.

Anne Baker, who owns Brookdale Farm with her husband Tom, says "the pumpkins were just massacred" by recent rain. Baker tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2eATDPg ) that pumpkins are already difficult to grow in the area because of high humidity, but recent rain pushed things over the edge. Baker says Hurricane Matthew was the last straw.

As a result of the weather, fungi emerged across their 4-acre harvest in Chesapeake, though their roughly 15 acres in Virginia Beach went unscathed.

The Chesapeake farm is still selling pumpkins brought over from its Pungo location. Baker says customers are still buying pumpkins but have been disappointed by the diminished fields where they can pick off the vine.

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