AKRON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Andy Kelkenberg starts his day before the sun comes up – he’s out in his more than 140 acres tending to gourds and other goods on his farm.
“It’s probably our biggest season,” said Kelkenberg.
Kelkenberg says it’s the start of his favorite season. He enjoys the cooler weather and welcoming visitors to his farm. He says it’s a really important season for business.
“Fall is our big time. This is one of our main incomes on the farm.”
More than 20,000 people are expected to visit the farm this season. Kelkenberg and his wife, Marilyn, say the started seeing an increasing interest in fall business about 10 years ago.
“It has evolved into an awesome fall season which is now evolving more,” said Marilyn, who runs the country store on the farm. “This is a family business; a family farm.”
The family started worrying about fall business over the summer when their you-pick-em patch wasn’t germinating. So Andy planted another five acres of pumpkins and all at once, they started prospering.
He says the little rain we had came at the right time, leading to the sudden growth. He says this season’s pumpkin crop is better than last, despite the drought.
“Pumpkins like dry, not wet,” said Andy. “There are lots of pumpkins. They’re heavy and they’re good sized ones.”
Which is good news as they’re the top seller at the farm as the family prepares for this busy season to take off.
“It’s awesome for us to share our farm with a lot of families.”
The farm and store are open daily from 10a.m. to 5p.m. For more information visit their website here.