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Pumpkin farmer Chris Head of Sevington claims farm is among last in Kent to stock Halloween treat

Pumpkin pickers in Kent will need to act fast if they want to get their hands on some fruit this year- as farmers say they're selling out. 

Chris Read, a pumpkin farmer in Sevington, near Ashford, believes his farm is the last in the county to stock pick your own pumpkins. 

He said: “It’s been exceptionally busy. Three weeks before Halloween we sat there and thought, crikey, there’s going to be no-one coming, but we had three hundred people on the first day.” 

Pumpkin pickers in the field in Sevington
Pumpkin pickers in the field in Sevington
Chris Read takes his job seriously - down to his pumpkin-style haircut!
Chris Read takes his job seriously - down to his pumpkin-style haircut!

The farm in Ashford stocks three varieties of pumpkins for both cooking and carving, but now has less than 3,000 still in the fields. 

He only has stock to sell because of a huge yield - too much to sell to his normal wholesale customers.

He claims the weather's to blame for the eerily big crop. Chris expects the remaining pumpkins to sell out in the next few days. 

Video: Pumpkin pickers out in the field 

He added: “I think it’s popular because it’s out in the fresh air and the fact that people actually get to choose their own pumpkin. They can get a long one, a short one, a fat one or a big ugly brute.” 

Beluncle Farm, which also sells pick your own pumpkins, sold out last Sunday after just nine days.


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