GREAT VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Farmers across Western New York are busy keeping up with the demand for apples and pumpkins as fall harvest kicks into high gear.
Consumers will be happy to know that pumpkins should cost about the same, and apples and cider will cost less than last year.
Pumpkinville in Great Valley officially opens on Saturday, and despite one of the wettest Junes on record, the pumpkin crop recovered well.
Owner Dan Pawlowski said, "They grew well and then things cooled down and we were a little bit worried about the heat units, but it warmed back up and we got nice growth and if you see behind me they did color up."
Although Pumpkinville a family business, with nearly 10,000 pumpkins to pick over the next few weeks, some seasonal help is a necessity.
"It's been 90 degrees these last two days and 100 percent humidity and it's been hard. These guys have been working hard and they've been staying at it.Wwe were afraid it was going rain us out today so they stayed until late last night," Pawlowski said.
The singing chickens are one of the newest attractions, along with the new giant air-filled Pumpkin Jumping Pillows. There is one for bigger kids and one for little kids.
And it's also peak season for apple cider, and nobody makes more of it in WNY than the Mayer Brothers Cider Mill in West Seneca, which is benefiting from one of the best apple growing seasons in decades.
Mayer Brother Vice Presidents Garrett Mayer said, "We're really fortunate, last year, the crop was only about 30 percent of an average year's crop. This year we're probably about 110 percent of an average year crop."
"What people come here for is the cider with no preservatives, donuts, pies, apple cider, slushies...everyone leaves with that. We're probably the only place that makes any of those."
Mayer Brothers produces 70,000 gallons of apple cider each day, and millions of gallons of their cider is sent out under other labels, such as Wegmans or Tops.
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