Roca Berry Farm Pushes on Through Drought

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email

Sever drought is pushing farmers to the limit all across the state. With Halloween around the corner, another question arises. Will there be pumpkins?

"Yes! Thankfully!" Owner of Roca Berry Farm, Beverly Schaefer said, "After a rough start of the spring with no strawberry crop, we really tried to pay attention to the pumpkins and yes, there will be pumpkins."

Beverly Schaefer, along with her husband, are hard at work getting the Ag attraction, Roca Berry Farm, ready to open.

"It seems like we are just treading water, we're not really getting anywhere, but slowly, you will look around and you will see our signs popping up," Schaefer said

The pumpkins have a few more days on the vine, giving the chance to get that orange color everyone loves. Schaefer says pumpkins actually grow between in hot, dry conditions, but this summer was too harsh.

"We haven't done this, moving pipe for about 10 to 15 years," Schaefer said. "It's a lot of work. It take four of us moving the line, running the irrigation, letting it drain, moving it again. It was the same thing, day after day, all summer long."

A late frost, killed the farm's strawberry harvest, the first time in 31 years. The Schaefers need a good pumpkin harvest to boost the bottom line.

"It is our livelihood. Our whole livelihood is out there in the field," Schaefer said

Roca Berry Farm opens September 22nd through October 31st.

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