Pumpkins a-plenty

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Pumpkins are one of the crops that did not suffer due to the drought.

“We thought it would, but it didn’t,” Crockery Township farmer Tom Mellema said.

Mellema runs his Crockery Township farm with his son, John, and they operate a farm market at their home located on 124th Avenue between M-104 and Leonard Road. Their pumpkin U-pick operation usually starts around Oct. 1.

“We have some beautiful pumpkins this year,” he said. “We’re very fortunate.”

Mellema said his crops of squash, broccoli and cauliflower also did well.

“We probably had the best tomato crop we’ve had in five years,” he added, noting that he didn’t know why.

Mellema likes this time of year because that is when local families come pick out pumpkins and see a little bit of the farm.

“The kids like to look at the pigs,” he said.

Mellema has pumpkins stacked in his yard for people who don’t want to go out in the 6-to-8 acres of pumpkin fields.

Ottawa County Michigan State Extension agent Tom Dudek said vine crops such as pumpkins prefer warm summers if they have enough moisture.

Dudek said he sees a lot of interest now in unusual pumpkins such as green, white or stackable ones.

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