Schuylkill County's pumpkin patches are smaller this year, thanks to this year's super wet weather and a lack of bee pollination. Some estimate production is off as much as 50% of the normal crop.
This is causing an increase in pumpkin prices at many local pumpkin patches and farm stands. The pumpkins you will find are not only small in quantity, but also are small in size. So if you're looking for that giant 20 or 30 pound pumpkin you might have to look pretty hard.
Here's an interesting way to use your pumpkin:
Some of my favorite places to find pumpkins in the Schuylkill County area include:
Trail Gardens in Cressona
Pioneer Evergreen Farm in the Adamsdale/Landingville area
Swartz Farm near Hegins (Deep Creek Road)