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Picking in the pumpkin patch

Mystic — Farm manager Phil Whittle and his crew pick pumpkins Wednesday from the field across from the farm stand at Whittle's Willow Spring Farm.

Twenty thousand pumpkin seeds were planted starting in early June and it took three weeks to hand-plant the seeds three at a time every 6 feet. Fifteen varieties of pumpkins were planted.

Picking began Sept. 25 and will continue until Halloween or until the all the pumpkins are picked and placed in the field across from the farm stand to be sold.

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