“Pumpkin-patch dampener” – Lowell Sun

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“Farmers have dealt with a tough pumpkin-growing season this summer caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Irene, a delay in planting the crops in late May because of wet fields and a rainy summer, which has resulted in smaller crops.

Dave Dumaresq, of Farmer Dave’s in Dracut, said his pumpkin crops are decent — not good, but not horrible either.

“We’ve had bad years before and we’re going to have bad years again,” said Dumaresq. “It’s natural New England weather. You never know when you’re going to have a bumper crop or a horrible crop.”

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