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Bill Northey Encourages Fall Family Activities

by Whitney Flach

This year, the warm September weather and the rain have allowed great production of apples and pumpkins in Iowa. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowans to go visit the many farms across the state.

“Visiting a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch give you an opportunity to enjoy the freshest locally grown produce and also help support these hard working families and give them the chance to showcase their farm,” Northey said.”

There are more than 900 acres of apple trees in the state filled with many different varieties, and pumpkin production has nearly tripled in the last 3 decades to well over 900 acres.

It is the perfect time of year to visit a farm, carve a jack-o-lantern, roast some pumpkin seeds, caramelize some apples, ride a hayrack ride, and visit a corn maze.

We are hearing reports of very good apple and pumpkin crops across the state and now is the time to get out and enjoy fresh, Iowa-grown produce and make great family memories.” Northey said.