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It’s Pumpkin Season At McCray’s Farm

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) –While the fall foliage may be a main attraction here in Western Mass this time of year, pumpkins are not to be outdone. For one visitor, pumpkin picking at McCray’s Farm in South Hadley is an October tradition, and it sparks one of his earliest memories. “My best memory is, when I came here for the first time, we got a whole bunch of food, I was like 3, I went to feed a dog, and I thought it was going to bite my fingers off,” chuckled 11-year-old Malik Thaxton.

According to co-owner Doug McCray, pumpkins, hayrides, and, of course, their ice cream are the farm’s bread and butter during this season.

He says they can see an incredible amount of business at this time, but it all depends on one thing. “Our business is extremely weather based. if it’s raining nobody’s here, if it’s nice out people will come. We’ve had years where we’ve had a great October, and we’ve had years where it’s very nerve racking to close down and hope you have enough money in the spring to open up.”

Still, people are heading to McCray’s for a some of their favorite fall activities.   “I like to come here and get a pumpkin. And get a hayride,” Aysha Hubbard smiled. “All the kids to the work, the moms tell you what to do, make a day out of it. That’s it” joked Mike Grimaldi.

Doug expects more than 3,000 people to visit the farm on Columbus Day alone.

McCray’s closes for the winter in late November.


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