‘We're truly blessed’: Sedgwick County pumpkin patch gets ahead of extreme drought
SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) - A local Sedgwick County pumpkin patch is counting its blessings this year after its batch of pumpkins is just as good as usual, despite extreme drought in the area.
Owner of Klausmeyer Farm Debbie Klausmeyer said after losing pumpkins last year, she and her husband only planted them one specific way in anticipation of hot, dry weather.
“Last year, we watered a patch and then some we did not, and the ones that we did not, we worked awful hard to raise hardly anything,” Klausmeyer said. “So, with that in mind, we did not plant a patch if we could not get water to it.”
Klausmeyer has two pumpkin patches. The selection includes decorative pumpkins and carving pumpkins.
“It’s just amazing, because we farm other crops and not so good,” Klausmeyer said.
Sedgwick County is currently in an extreme drought. It’s caused other farmers numerous issues with corn, soybeans and more this year, including Klausmeyer.
“We try real hard, because it is a big part of what we do,” she said.
Klausmeyer used a water line, hoses and drip tape to constantly water her batch. She said despite the drought, her preventative measures, combined with a summer lacking wind, resulted in a “plentiful” group of pumpkins.
“We felt like that is why we were blessed with pumpkins because the wind and the heat together, not a good combination, heat's hard enough on crops,” Klausmeyer said.
The pumpkin patch is already open for the season. It opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. every day, except Saturday when it closes at 10 p.m.
Klausmeyer Farm is located in southwest Sedgwick County off 119th Street West.