The pumpkin patch business was off to a rough start in Nebraska. There was a lot of rain and even snow during the first half of the month. Tim Vala owns Vala’s Pumpkin Patch near Gretna says they were worried the rain would damage their pumpkin and apple crop.
Vala says, “We were concerned with fruit rot and I think we are seeing a little bit more of that than normal. We still seem to have quite a few pumpkins left. The apple crop, some of the earlier varieties are getting a little soft but that is to be expected. We have some of the later varieties that people really like that are coming on strong now and the snow really didn’t hurt those.”
Vala’s is open rain or shine and did open as scheduled on Sunday. Vala says when the snow started sticking to the tree leaves some branches came down so the closed mid-afternoon due to safety reasons. He says the snow didn’t cause too much tree damage.
Vala says the rain slowed business earlier this month but visitors still showed up for a good time. He says they are fortunate to have a number of indoor attractions so even in the bad weather they get a crowd. He says even during Sunday’s snow the crowd was good.
Vala says owing a pumpkin patch is like any other agricultural business and you have to take the good with the bad.