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Pricey pumpkins? Blame the heat, not the rain
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We are in year four of a historic drought, and the lack of rain has caused all sorts of problems for our crops. That of course includes many of our fall favorites. The owner of Bastiao Farms in Natomas said because of the drought, they are only using about 70 percent of the water they would normally consume. That reduction did result in slightly fewer gourds, about five percent.

Owner and farmer Dennis Bastiao said pumpkins are actually fairly drought tolerant so the lack of rain isn’t what hurt, it was the heat last month. He said they were ready to pick pumpkins at the beginning of September. That's about three weeks earlier than normal.

Farmers said even with our recent summer-like days, you can still find plenty of quality pumpkins.

“We have a lot of varieties out there,” Bastiao said. “We have 95 day varieties or 120 day varieties. A lot of options as far as maturity.”

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