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Farmers See Positive Outlook for Pumpkin Season Despite Pandemic

Posted on 09/03/20

RAMSEUR, NC – There's still a month left in the growing season for pumpkins, but Beverly Mooney of Millstone Creek Orchards is hopeful about what October will look like for them.

What You Need To Know

    • The desire to be outdoors and active is helping farms and agritourism
    • Beverly Mooney of Millstone Creek Orchards thinks families will replace the public school groups this year
    • The farm offers acres of space for people to social distance

Many businesses are struggling in 2020, but outdoor spaces like farms are at an advantage.

“If anything, what this year has shown me, at least in agriculture and agritourism, people want to get out of the house, and there are so few options," Mooney says.

So people take to farms, and pumpkins offer a lot of options for activities.

They've taken more safety precautions in the shop and with the seasonal hayrides. With 84 acres, there's plenty of space for people to social distance.

School groups are a large part of their fall tourism numbers, but Mooney thinks families will replace them. She points to homeschool groups and virtual learning students ready to get out of the house.

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