For the first time in decades, there will be no pumpkins this year at Venetucci Farm. The hail storm in late July managed to wipe out acres of pumpkins because of how young the pumpkins were when the storm hit.
"It came at the worst possible time because the pumpkins were just developing on the plant, so the skin is very tender," Farm Manager Susan Gordon said. The plants are already starting to bounce back, but it's too little too late.
"There's just not the time left in the season for those new developing pumpkins to fully mature," Gordon said.
Venetucci usually gives their pumpkins to school children. Anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 kids come pick them from the patch. They're still encouraging teachers to bring students to learn about the farm.
"Even without the pumpkins we want to continue that tradition and really honor the intent behind this incredible gift to the community," Gordon said.
They're also planning a community day on October 8th. It will include the annual Great Pumpkin Run and other family friendly activities such as live music, square dancing, wagon rides and more. Click here for details.
Pumpkins are also the namesake ingredient in Bristol's Venetucci Pumpkin Ale. All proceeds from the beer always go back to Venetucci. The brewery tells News5 they're exploring all options in hopes of brewing the pumpkin beer while staying true to its purpose of supporting the local farm.